Messages from the Executive Director
Posted November 1, 2017
During the opening session, Jerry Harris, the ART of TEACHING’s executive director, welcomed the group. “Today is our opportunity as a professional family to reconnect, share a meal, engage in stimulating conversation, and strengthen the ties that bind us together as a family as we continue to grow into a formidable force committed to instructional […]
Posted September 7, 2017
It’s that time of year again… time for sharpened new pencils, fresh unused crayons, and shiny clean mobile devices neatly placed on desks for eager students; time for anxious parents who just want to make sure their child was assigned to the classroom with the best teacher in that grade level, (of course that generally […]
Posted November 7, 2016
During the opening session of the 11th Annual the ART of TEACHING Conference, Jerry Harris, the ART of TEACHING’s executive director, welcomed the group, and spoke to the heart of building educational excellence. These are some of his remarks about the Cotsen Foundation and the state of educational instruction.
Posted September 28, 2015
The Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING hosted its 10th Annual the ART of TEACHING Conference on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Watch Jerry Harris, the foundation’s executive director, kickoff the conference and welcome the crowd of more than 400 educators to the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, CA.
Posted September 15, 2015
There is something palpably electric about the start of a new school year. Students bounding down gleaming freshly polished hallways that custodians worked through the hottest part of the summer to prepare, and heading into classrooms where teachers have toiled countless hours to create environments that dazzle the eyes and ignite the mind. Principals balancing […]
Posted October 6, 2014
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 […]
Posted September 26, 2014
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 […]
Posted June 19, 2014
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 […]
Posted January 16, 2014
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 […]
Posted December 17, 2013
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.