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Cotsen's Premiere Spring Conference on 'Inquiry' Attracts Hundreds of Educators to a Saturday Workshop

Cotsen’s Premiere Spring Conference on ‘Inquiry’ Attracts Hundreds of Educators to a Saturday Workshop

On Saturday, April 11, the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING hosted more than 250 educators at our inaugural Spring conference. Guest speaker for the event was the highly regarded consultant and author on literacy development, Harvey “Smokey” Daniels. Daniels’ focus for the day was creating, sustaining, and renewing student-centered inquiries and discussions. Jerry Harris, […]

Demonstration Lessons By Cotsen Alumni Promote Teaching with Primary Sources

Demonstration Lessons By Cotsen Alumni Promote Teaching with Primary Sources

On Feb. 12, the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING and UCLA Lab School had the pleasure of co-hosting members of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium at UCLA Lab School for a dynamic day of demonstration lessons intended to highlight the use of primary sources in high-quality instruction in […]

Whittier City Cotsen Alumni Share Inquiry Process with Parents

Earlier this year, we heard from Cotsen alumni Raul Almada (’11) and Chris Quirarte (’13), who made a presentation to nearly 50 Whittier City School District parents on using inquiry strategies with their children at home. Their presentation included primary source sets related to the evictions of long-time residents of Chavez Ravine in preparation for […]

Cotsen Connects with TUSD in Support of Technology and Learning Conference

Cotsen Connects with TUSD in Support of Technology and Learning Conference

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 26, 2015 — For most students, learning about George Washington, the California missions, and Japanese American internment camps are usually mere whistle stops during the typical history lesson. For students in Tustin schools, however, the methods used to cover these subjects in-depth – as well as mathematics, science, and language arts – […]

Inside the ART of TEACHING Fall 2014 Issue

Inside the ART of TEACHING Fall 2014 Issue

Inside this issue, we revisit the last few months of the ART of TEACHING program, including our annual conference, formative assessment training, new professional development designed specifically for the administrators in our program, alumni-specific training, and new differentiated math training, facilitated by leading experts. We also acknowledge the achievements of several Cotsen educators and catch up […]

Cotsen Schools Recognized for Their Achievements in 2013-2014

Since 2001, the ART of TEACHING has been involved with more than 120 schools across Northern and Southern California and has impacted an estimated 900 educators who have enriched the lives of thousands of students. We are proud of all of the educators and schools in the ART of TEACHING network, and would like to take […]

9th Annual ART of TEACHING Conference Opening Remarks

On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING hosted its 9th Annual the ART of TEACHING Conference, where hundreds of educators – mostly alumni and current participants in the ART of TEACHING fellowship – gathered in Long Beach for a full day of professional development. Watch opening remarks by Jerry […]

Educating Students Well; Our Challenge and Imperative

Educating Students Well; Our Challenge and Imperative

As another academic year begins, and students settle into the rhythm of school, I am reminded of how teaching isn’t just a noble profession.  It is for most educators, indeed a calling.  A calling that challenges them to link the present with the future, by preparing our nation’s most important asset for a life we […]

Reflections on a Remarkable Year

Reflections on a Remarkable Year

Persistence, grit, and mental muscle, are just a few of the many terms being bandied about in educational circles today. Often associated with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), these terms frequently are used to convey the tenacity and deep effort that these rigorous standards require. While it is true that in order to meet […]

‘Inside the ART of TEACHING’ Spring Issue Now Available

Within these pages, we explore the latest happenings at the ART of TEACHING, including our recently expanded slate of professional development offerings. With more math labs, observations, and a greater focus on instructional technology, this past year has been one of our busiest and most fruitful years. Inside this issue, look for a special message […]