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Some Thoughts on a New School Year

The calendar still says summer, and the days, though growing increasingly shorter, continue to be baked by a sun that seems not quite ready to give way to the crispness of fall.  Yet across the country, teachers and students fill classrooms as they enter into another year of intellectual exploration and growth. It’s the beginning […]

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 […]

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Cotsen Foundation Recognizes Retiring Alumni Teachers

As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, the Cotsen Foundation would like to recognize the exemplary alumni teachers who retired this past year. These consummate professionals have spent the last few decades refining their craft in an effort to open up the world of learning and exploration for the children in their classrooms and school […]

The Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING Celebrates Its 2019 Graduates at End-of-Year Luncheon

On Saturday, May 18th, the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING hosted the annual End-of-Year Luncheon Celebration at the Skirball Cultural Center. This annual celebration honored the newly graduated Cotsen Class of 2019 as they finished their two-year fellowship program. Kicking off the luncheon, Founding Director and Board Chair Margit Sperling Cotsen, President and […]