6th Annual the ART of TEACHING Conference

6th Annual the ART of TEACHING Conference

By Cotsen Staff, Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING –

On Saturday, September 24th, Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING proudly hosted its 6th Annual the ART of TEACHING Conference, which took place at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California. With more than 450 guests in attendance – comprised of mentors, fellows, alumni, principals and administrators from nineteen districts across California – this year’s conference marked the start of the 11th year of the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING fellowship.

The conference commenced with opening remarks by Dr. Judy Johnson, Executive Director of the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, who looked back at the foundation’s commitment to artful teaching over the last decade. Looking forward to the next decade, Dr. Johnson encouraged fellows and alumni to continue their pursuit of teaching excellence, but also “to help the public and policy community to understand the true importance of teaching excellence, and to become aware of the nuanced skill of teaching.”

Dr. Deborah Ball, who currently serves as dean of the University of Michigan School of Education, continued this theme in her keynote address, entitled Great teachers are not born. They’re TAUGHT. Dr. Ball argued that there are “high-leverage” skills that all good teaching has in common, and that the teaching community needs to articulate these skills in order to promote teaching as a profession.

The conference also featured special sessions, led by notable educators and professional development experts, including:

  • Carl Anderson – One of the nation’s leading experts on teaching writing to students in grades K-12
  • Gail Boushey and Joan Moser – Elementary school teachers and published authors, with over 60 years of teaching experience between them
  • Kate Kinsella, Ph.D. – Faculty member at San Francisco State University’s Center for Teacher Efficacy

Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING is grateful to all who attended and presented at the 6th Annual the ART of TEACHING Conference.