Our 7 Favorite Supporting Organizations:
The Teaching Chanel is our favorite link for teachers. Getting an “eye into” some of our nation’s most effective classrooms provides a wealth of knowledge for well-meaning motivated teachers. Search your topic of interest and numerous professionally produced videos will follow. http://www.teachingchannel.org
Achieve the Core is an incredible resource for schools working to be more proficient in the Common Core State Standards. Don’t duplicate the work! This website has a wealth of resources for educators and schools. This is an especially relevant website for teacher trainers since it has multiple power point presentations. http://www.achievethecore.org
This is the main “official” website for the Common Core State Standards. This is the website that educators can go to access the actual standards and reliable information regarding the standards. http://www.corestandards.org
DonorsChoose.org makes it easy to help classrooms in need. Public school teachers post classroom project requests which range from pencils for poetry to microscopes for mitochondria.
A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools
Education Nation is NBC News’ year-round initiative to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America.
“Waiting for Superman” is a transformative documentary by Davis Guggenheim that observes high performing schools and identifies how they are able to meet the needs of all children and prepare them for college. The film gives an intimate portrait of some of the most successful charter schools in the U.S. and the families who yearn for their child to attend them. The “Waiting for Superman” website has provoked a movement towards demanding better schools for our students and offers pathways to make this possible. Watch the film. Visit the site. Join the movement.
Our TOP 9 Favorite Books
Marva Collins’ Way by Marva Collins
Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There by H. Richard Milner
A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne
The First Days of School by Harry Wong
Setting Limits in the Classroom: How to Move Beyond the Classroom Dance of Discipline by Robert J. MacKenzie, ED.D.
The Highly Engaged Classroom by Robert J. Marzano
Our Top 5 Video Picks:
TED Talks: Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion
Rita Pierson–one of the very best educators in the U.S. shares her winning attitude about teaching.
Marva Collins: 60 Minutes
Marva Collins is recognized as one of our nation’s most effective teachers who proved that students from high poverty areas can learn at high levels just like any other students.
The Future Is In Our Classroom
Here are some facts and figures about the current state of public education in the US and what’s a stake if we don’t fix our classrooms.
Cinncinnatti: Community at the Center of Learning
Watch how Cincinnati is integrating the resources of a few organizations to develop a comprehensive support program for it students from higher poverty communities.
Logan Square: Putting Parents to Work in the Classroom
Watch how parents are being valued and put to work at Logan Square. Extra hands always make the difference!
Teaching Tolerance Award Winner Soñia Galaviz
Soñia Galaviz of Nampa, Idaho is a winner of the 2011 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching. The award recognizes educators who have demonstrated excellence in teaching students from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Teaching Tolerance Award Winner Silvestre Arcos
Silvestre Arcos of New York City is a winner of the 2011 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching. The award recognizes educators who have demonstrated excellence in teaching students from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
“What We Believe”
We are a group of teachers who believe that teaching is a noble profession.
Our primary focus is on our students, their learning, our personal reflection and the refinement of our skills.
We recognize every child’s ability to make extraordinary learning gains and advocate for their right to a high quality education, regardless of their gender, race, family culture, or socioeconomic status.
We will teach each child in a positive and constructive learning environment, and recognize that developing their character is the precursor to a balanced learning community and academic achievement.
We recognize our potential to impact and transform our students’ lives when our heart is in the right place and our strategies and instruction are succinct.
We think positively, focus on finding solutions, and complete tasks without drama.
We believe in working smarter by thinking smarter, sharing resources, ideas and a collective higher vision for what is possible for our students.
We recognize that teachers, students, parents, administration, and community members are all a part of the collective solution to each child’s success. Therefore we remain modest and cooperative through collaboration.
We will work to recognize our team players with gratitude and foster a climate of cooperation, productive problem solving, and proactive planning for success.
Whereas we love recognition, we realize that is not our purpose for teaching. We are here for the kids and not the accolades. Recognition is found in our students’ accomplishments.
We strive to find balance between our school and home lives. We recognize that finding this balance will allow us to stay in our positions where we can continue to make a positive impact.
We share a positive vision and strategies that transform our students’ lives, and in turn, our lives as empowered educators.