What can the scramble to get classrooms online during COVID teach us about better professional learning?

When COVID-prompted shutdowns moved instruction out of the classroom, learning to use new tech tools was one of the primary hurdles faced by district staff and teachers. While the sudden move to distance learning was traumatic and disruptive for everyone, early...

Strong Professional Learning Systems for Math Instruction in California: What Do We Know Today?

This Knowledge Brief is part of a continuing series designed to inform California education leaders about key policy issues related to teachers and teaching in the Golden State. BY ELIZABETH BURR, REINO MAKKONEN, RYAN LEWIS, ERIC CRANE The coming months are an...

Putting science instruction at the center of re-engagement this fall: An interview with Ardice Hartry, PhD

By Frances Reade As school district staff across California prepare for a fall return unlike any other, a main focus is likely to be providing socio-emotional learning (SEL) and supports. But a focus on SEL doesn’t need to come at the expense of content-area learning...

Science teachers got creative during the COVID-19 crisis. For a stronger return to school , let’s help them keep experimenting.

By Frances Reade In our series of interviews with STEM coaches and administrators throughout the 2020–21 school year, participants of the Hybrid and Distance Learning Collaborative (HDLC) marveled at the creativity of teachers and school staff in meeting the needs...

Leveraging Expanded Learning Opportunity grants and community partnerships: science-focused ideas from 22 CA school districts

By Frances Reade “We're thinking about how we can utilize these partnerships to not return to normal per se after COVID is over, but [to think about] how do we use this crisis to our benefit? How can we teach and learn differently?” – Hybrid and Distance Learning...

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Equity

We strive for a future where public education meets the needs of all learners, especially the underserved.

INNOVATION

We seek out and nurture promising advancements in educator practice, allowing the spark of potential to flourish.

RESPECT

We foster respect and regard for the teaching profession by amplifying the great work, talent, and knowledge around us.
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COLLABORATION

We forge new links that help grow the impact of organizations and individuals by empowering meaningful partnerships and coaction.

ACTION

We are driven to take chances and explore bold possibilities as we work to advance the teaching profession.
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