Messages from the Executive Director

Welcome Back: A Message From Jerry Harris

Welcome Back: A Message From Jerry Harris

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 […]

Opening Remarks at the 11th Annual the ART of TEACHING Conference

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.

Opening Remarks at the 10th Annual the ART of TEACHING Conference

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.    

Excellence, a Matter of Choice

Excellence, a Matter of Choice

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]