Caring School Community Posts

1 week 4 days ago
We believe in the impact of facilitation on teacher learning and development. We believe in providing high-quality experiences for teachers to transform their practice by engaging in facilitated learning activities that are focused on the best practices in teaching and learning. Our colleague, Dr. Kelley Novak, shared her reflections on a learning...
2 weeks 3 days ago
from Kelli Cedo
After nearly five years at the central office I knew it was time to return to school-level administration because I started to miss close connections with students, teachers, and families. At the central-office level, I was able to suggest and provide support for many school-level ideas and strategies, but I was not able to fully implement these...
3 weeks 2 days ago
Student voice, does it matter? Close your eyes and think about a time you’ve observed a lesson, or perhaps one you were facilitating. Was student voice present in the lesson? You immediately think: YES! The teacher was leading the lesson, the students were gathered near the teacher and they were engaged in the work. The students were raising... (1)
13 weeks 2 days ago
We at DSC believe that building relationships and establishing a sense of community in the classroom are essential so that the hard work of learning and real student engagement can take hold. It’s that front-loading that pays dividends for months to come.Because the start of the year sets expectations and the foundation for everything that... (5)
28 weeks 2 days ago
We are partners in the newly created Center for the Collaborative Classroom, a coalition of educators that brings together teachers, administrators, professors, and organizations around the common vision of nurturing the whole needs of our students. We believe that schools need to explicitly support both the child’s head and heart. When they...
30 weeks 3 days ago
Learning is a social task. Lev Vygotsky argued that Language is the main tool that promotes thinking, develops reasoning, and supports cultural activities like reading and writing. As a result, instructional strategies that promote literacy across the curriculum play a significant role in knowledge construction. Why not take the children’s...
34 weeks 14 hours ago
We’re repeating this tip because it was a favorite with our readers. If you missed it, we hope you enjoy it. If you caught it the first time, we hope you’ll appreciate the opportunity to revisit it. Where are you with your shift to the Common Core? While some are focused on the standards’ content, others are turning their... (1)
38 weeks 1 day ago
We are thrilled to announce that, thanks to the generous support of the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, MetLife Foundation, NoVo Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, we are poised to launch the first phase of our Collaborative Classroom curriculum in May. We are exceedingly grateful to these...
1 year 7 weeks ago
I want to introduce you to Nima Tahai, principal at Garfield Elementary in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and champion for social and emotional learning (SEL). Nima, who inspires me at every turn, reflects on the changes in his school since they started using the Caring School Community (CSC) program. As he says, “If you’re not... (1)
1 year 19 weeks ago
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) seems to be everywhere these days. For the past four years I’ve had the pleasure of working with Oakland Unified School District as they adopt the Caring School Community program and embrace SEL. Oakland sees SEL as central to their move towards Full Service Community Schools and the Common Core State...