Caring School Community Posts

1 day 18 hours ago
It’s time to reflect on all that we are thankful for: colleagues and careers, family and friends, successes and lessons learned. We are very grateful for our community of supporters who work tirelessly in their classrooms, schools, and districts to honor teacher practice and support the whole child—heart and mind. Hearing stories from...
5 weeks 3 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...
6 weeks 2 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...
7 weeks 1 day 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)
17 weeks 1 day 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)
32 weeks 1 day 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...
34 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...
37 weeks 6 days 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)
42 weeks 19 hours 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 11 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)