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Chris Lehman and Julia Torres Teach Literacy as a Tool for Collective Liberation in Alumni Speaker Series Workshop

Founder of The Educator Collaborative, Chris Lehman, and The Educator Collaborative Book Ambassador and teacher librarian, Julia Torres, led the first Alumni Speaker Series of the 2019-2020 school year. Their presentation titled, Literacy as a Tool for Collective Liberation: Culturally Responsive Teaching in the K-6 Classroom, centered on confronting the many challenges educators face on the […]

Principal George Herrera Named Rowland Unified School District 2019 Administrator of the Year

Dr. George Herrera, principal at Villacorta Elementary School, is preparing his school for its first year in the ART of TEACHING fellowship program. But his work as a leader and principal over the last three years has earned him district-wide recognition this year. The Rowland Unified School District has named Dr. George Herrera the District […]

Principal Rudy Gonzalez Named Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District 2019 Administrator of the Year

Rudy Gonzalez, Principal of Morrison Elementary School in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, never planned on leading a school that had been awarded the prestigious California Distinguished School Award three times in one decade (2008, 2012, 2018). In fact as a financial analyst and financial consultant, teaching had never crossed his mind until he […]


Recommended Reading on Mentoring Aguilar. The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation, Jossey-Bass, 2013. (3 copies) Aguilar. The Art of Coaching in Teams: Building Resilient Communities That Transform Schools, Jossey-Bass, 2016. (2 copies) Aguilar. Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators, Jossey-Bass, 2018. Aguilar. The Onward Workbook: Daily Activities to Cultivate Your Emotional Resilience […]


Recommended Books for Inquiry and Use in the Classroom Below are book write-ups including summaries, “how-to-use” descriptions, and links to related videos or content. All of these books are available to borrow from the Cotsen Library. Thanks to Cotsen Alumnae Lindsay Light and Angela Bae for writing these! Please send us your write-ups of books […]


Miscellaneous Recommended Reading Adler. The Paideia Proposal: An Educational Manifesto, Macmillan Publishing, 1982. Allen. Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life, Penguin, 2008. Asia Society. Going Global: Preparing Our Students for an Interconnected World, 2008. Babiera. Becoming the Change: What One Organization Working to Transform Educational Systems […]


Recommended Reading on Inspiration Barth.  Lessons Learned:  Shaping Relationships and the Culture of the Workplace, Corwin Press, 2003. Bell, ed. We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change with Myles Horton and Paulo Freire, Temple University Press, 1990. Caruana.  The Complete Apples & Chalkdust:  Inspirational Stories and Encouragement for Teachers, River […]

Leadership & Management

Recommended Reading on Leadership & Management Bambrick. Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools (includes DVD), Jossey-Bass, 2012. Bennis & Goldsmith.  Learning to Lead:  A Workbook on Becoming a Leader, Addison Wesley, 1994. Blasé and Kirby. Bringing Out the Best in Teachers: What Effective Principals Do. Corwin Press, 2000. Bloom, Moir, et. al. […]

Testing, Assessment, Statistics

Recommended Reading on Testing, Assessment, Statistics Berger. Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment, Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2014. Bernhardt. Using Data to Improve Student Learning in Elementary Schools, Eye on Education, 2003. Blythe, et. al. Looking Together at Student Work: A Companion Guide to Assessing Student Learning, Teachers College Press, Columbia University, 1999. Calkins, […]