Thoughts on Achieving Excellence

The Quest for Teaching Excellence

By Cotsen Staff, Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING — Judy Johnson, the Executive Director of the Cotsen Foundation for the Art of Teaching , discusses how the quest for teaching excellence begins with treating teachers with respect and providing support so that they will be motivated to do the hard work necessary to reach […]

Beyond Effectiveness: Reaching for Teaching Excellence

By Judy Johnson, Executive Director, Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING Every parent and policymaker, every union-basher and union-backer, wants every kid to be taught by an effective teacher. If effective teaching is defined primarily by student achievement on standardized tests, then this goal is good, but not good enough. Current standardized tests do […]

What Will it Take for Every Child to Have an Effective Teacher?

By Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING — Judy Johnson, Executive Director of the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, presented this paper at California State Senator Carol Liu’s Roundtable about Teacher and District Effectiveness. Dr. Johnson lays out what is required to create an education system that develops and supports teaching excellence so […]

A Principal’s Views

By Cotsen Staff, Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING — Former Billy Mitchell Elementary principal Lucia Karaptian talks about the difference Cotsen teachers have made and how they are helping other teachers at Billy Mitchell reach for excellence.

Teachers Talking About What Makes Great Teachers Great

The Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING has identified the teachers in these videos as outstanding educators. They teach in a wide range of elementary schools with diverse student populations, from urban to suburban, affluent to low-socio-economic status communities across Southern California. The teachers in these videos have from five to over 30 years […]