NCLE Survey Explores the Paths to Standards Implementation

In October 2013, the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING conducted a survey of nearly 900 of its current and alumni program participants, as part of a survey organized by the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), a coalition of leading education organizations, foundations, and experts dedicated to improving literacy learning across the country. […]

Effective Teacher Training Critical to Success of Common Core Math

By Lillian Mongeau, EdSource The quality of teacher training will be crucial to the success of the new Common Core State Standards in math, educators say, and the pressure is on districts to give elementary school teachers the skills they’ll need to provide students with a firm foundation in early arithmetic. “My big worry is […]

Ed Foundation Presents Grant To School Board

From the Culver City Observer At the January 14 CCUSD School Board meeting the Culver City Education Foundation presented a $155,000 check for a two-year grant from the California Community Foundation. $125,000 of this grant will support the ART of TEACHING program over the course of two years, providing professional development training in mathematics for […]

A New Year’s Message from Jerry Harris

A New Year’s Message from Jerry Harris

Happy New Year! I vividly recall what a special time of year January is in elementary schools. So much hard work has taken place during the preceding several months, and half of the school year has already passed. For me, one of the more intriguing phenomena associated with this time of year, was witnessing the […]

Fall 2013 Issue of ‘Inside the ART of TEACHING’ Now Available

Fall 2013 Issue of ‘Inside the ART of TEACHING’ Now Available

Within these pages, we take a look at some of the exciting and rewarding challenges we have embraced at the ART of TEACHING these past few months.  With the coming of the Common Core, the ART of TEACHING has started the 2013-2014 year with a special interest in the rigorous standards that speak to the […]

Instructional Excellence Through Artful Teaching

Jerry Harris kicks off the 8th Annual the ART of TEACHING Conference for the first time as the executive director of the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING. Jerry’s remarks highlight the growth of the foundation since its inception in 2001 and recognize Lloyd Cotsen, the chairman and founder of the ART of TEACHING.

Building a Culture of Quality

Ron Berger, the Chief Program Officer for the non-profit school improvement network, Expeditionary Learning, a national network of over 160 public project-based schools in 30 states, presents the keynote address at the 8th Annual the ART of TEACHING Conference, which welcomed more than 500 attendees, many of whom were educators and participants in the ART of […]

Teaching to the Common Core: 1st Grade Math

  In this video, Cotsen alumna Teri Malpass teaches a 1st Grade math class using “Math Wall” and cognitively guided instruction as students work to solve a word problem. Below you will find the Common Core State Standards addressed, as well as questions to consider while watching the video. Print in bold represents information found […]

New Beginnings: A Message From Jerry Harris

New Beginnings: A Message From Jerry Harris

As a long-time educator, my excitement about new beginnings generally emerges in August with the arrival of a new school year. I love seeing the eagerness, joy, and anticipation in the eyes of teachers, students and parents as they embark on yet another 180-day odyssey into the world of learning. I have always believed that […]

Report: Effective Teacher Professional Development Crucial to Common Core

By David Nagel, T.H.E. Journal The success of the largest education reform effort of the last decade — Common Core State Standards — is contingent upon effective teacher professional development, according to a new report issued today by the National School Boards Association. But the report, “Teaching the Teachers: Effective Professional Development in an Era of […]