Thoughts on Achieving Excellence

What It Takes to Implement the Common Core

In this video, Sean Lindsay (Cotsen alumnus, ’05 and ’07) shares his thoughts on some of the conditions that can support the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

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 […]

Judy Johnson’s Call to Action at Annual ART of TEACHING Conference

Judy Johnson, executive director of the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, opens the 7th Annual ART of TEACHING Conference by welcoming the nearly 500 guests in attendance, among them new and returning mentors and fellows as well as alumni of the program. The conference took place on Saturday, September 22, 2012 in Long […]

The Sublime Journey of Learning

William Deverell, professor of history at the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, presents the keynote speech during the 7th Annual ART of TEACHING Conference hosted by Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING on September 22, 2012 in Long Beach, CA. Speaking to the nearly 500 guests in attendance, […]

Judy Johnson On What Makes the ART of TEACHING Different

Judy Johnson, the executive director of the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, discusses the ART of TEACHING program, what makes it unique, and how fellows benefit from it.

Judy Johnson Offers Advice to New Fellows

Judy Johnson, the executive director of the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, offers advice to new fellows in the ART of TEACHING program, encouraging them to take advantage of the resources provided to them, to be passionate about their learning, and to be willing to take risks in the pursuit of teaching excellence.

2011 Annual Conference Opening Remarks

Judy Johnson, Executive Director of the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, opens the Annual Conference with remarks on the history of the ART of TEACHING and her hopes for the future.

Dr. Deborah Ball Reflects on Building a Teaching Community

Deborah Ball, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan, talks about what makes the approach of the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING unique, and the role she sees for Cotsen teachers in building a “professional community of teachers that is so badly needed in this country.”

Deborah Ball Delivers Keynote Address at the 6th Annual the ART of TEACHING Conference

Deborah Ball, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan, delivers her keynote address, “Great teachers are not born. They’re TAUGHT” at the 6th Annual the ART of TEACHING Conference. Dr. Ball argues that teaching is technical, which means “that it requires a lot of specialized knowledge, that it takes practice, […]