Nick Johnson models “unpacking” a math problem he has posed to first graders during a lab day at El Rincon. Offer a lab day to a Cotsen mentor or fellow and whether the lab is for reading, writing, or math, the response is a quick “I’ll be there.” Teachers know the day will be “hands [...]
There is a considerable body of research that speaks to the effectiveness of coaching as a tool for improving instruction. Having another set of friendly eyes in a classroom to provide feedback enables teachers to remain focused and relentless in their pursuit of excellence. Consequently, the ART of TEACHING is committed to providing the highest [...]
More than fifty ART of TEACHING principals, teachers and district office administrators from across southern California gathered at the Grand Long Beach Event Center on Sept. 15th for a working breakfast meeting. The instructional leaders came to explore the wide range of supports available to them as administrators of ART of TEACHING schools. The group’s [...]
Cotsen mentor describes the impact the ART of TEACHING had on her school and how it helped support the transition to the Common Core, at a luncheon on May 3, 2014 at the Skirball Cultural Center in honor of this year's 53 Southern California-based educators who graduated from the ART of TEACHING fellowship.
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 [...]
By Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING -- Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING mentors and fellows observe a teacher at Billy Mitchell Elementary and share their thoughts on the process.
By Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING staff - At the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, we encourage our fellows to provide us with constructive feedback regarding their perception of the work we do at the ART of TEACHING. Since 2008, we have captured fellows’ feedback via our annual survey, aimed at [...]
By Cotsen Staff, Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING -- Last year, the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING had the distinct pleasure of working with 133 fellows, 24 mentors, and 30 schools, as well as 256 alumni who participated in foundation-sponsored activities. Together, these teachers affected more than 11,000 students over the [...]
By Atul Gawande, The New Yorker -- I’ve been a surgeon for eight years. For the past couple of them, my performance in the operating room has reached a plateau. I’d like to think it’s a good thing—I’ve arrived at my professional peak. But mainly it seems as if I’ve just stopped getting better. During [...]