Monday, September 10, 2018

New/Free Online Course---Looking for Cohort Participants (respond by Sept. 24th)

Calling all Equity Warriors---Are you looking to push your own personal learning of equitable practices?
 I am looking for a cohort of CUSD educators to take a reflective journey on culturally responsive pedagogies.
Are you interested in earning a micro credential?  

Read more below---hosted by SCCOE
Culturally Responsive Pedagogies is a micro credential that was written to give educators a low entry point
into developing more cultural proficiency and responsiveness while engaging in activities and practices that
ask them to reflect on who they are as an educator and how they show up in their learning space(s).

Time Commitment: Appx 10 hours (Once a cohort is formed, we will determine the pace of the class to get our
desired learning target outcomes); we will have the whole school year to complete the course.

Cost: FREE

The course was built on the following 3 principles:
  • Culture is an asset.
  • Relationships are the foundation to meaningful learning.
  • With the right tools, we can design schools so that all students will succeed.

And includes 4 modules:
Who am I as an educator? - Learners understanding of cultural lenses, implicit bias, and teaching with
strengths in mind.

Who are my students? - Learners engage in empathy experiences with students and families to construct
more complete pictures of who their students are.

How do my students show up in my class? - Learners examine how visibility and representation impact
students’ mindsets as learners and take a look at school and classroom materials to test for representation.

Culturally Responsive Lesson Design – Learners explore ways to build in lessons around identity and
visibility and how to adapt content lessons to be more culturally responsive.

Interested?: Please email me by Monday, Sept. 24th---Ideally Cohort will begin in early October.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Parents as Advocates

Dr. Noguera states, that "a healthy tension between parent and school is important, a sign that parents are advocating for their child."  Are your "loudest" parents reflective of your school demographics?  How do you ensure that all parents advocate for their child, which in turn will increase the quality of instruction for all students?

Check out this short video clip on building relationships with ELL parents, and begin to assess who has voice and status on your campus?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Day one...Now What?

CUSD Family, I hope you all had a great day one!  With all of the smiles and excitement for the new school year- comes the real work.  Capitalize on your students' excitement by establishing a strong, safe, and culturally relevant & responsive community to support academic risk-taking and growth.  Need some ideas on how to get started?  Check out this AVID Info Graphic on the 20 elements.

Let's continue to build community with all of our stakeholders.  It is difficult to break down a foundation that everyone is apart in creating. Select the image below to learn more!

Other Resources:

Have a great 2018-2019 School Year!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Students Won't Learn From People They Don't Trust

Are you looking for ways to build trust and community with your students?  It starts with you!  Be vulnerable and willing to let your kids see you as YOU!

Check out this timely article in Education Week Teacher.

Enjoy and remember it is okay to smile on the first day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

It's Not TOO Late to Create A Restorative Environment

Check out these new Edutopia Videos about Restorative Circles and Calm Zones!

Let's start a dialogue about strategies that you use to create a restorative environment.  Please tweet about your experience #CUSDRestores!

Restorative Circles in Lieu of In-House Suspensions:

Classroom Calm Zones:

Learn More:

Thursday, September 28, 2017

When We Assess Matters

We have a district focus on increasing student achievement for our economically disadvantaged students. Are we thoughtful about when we assess students?  Forest Hill Principal, Denise Khalid, shared an insightful article.  Take a moment to read and reflect on when we assess students.  Families on food assistance often only receive assistance on the 1st or 15th of the month; which often means that food can be limited towards the end of the month.  How could this situation impact our students’ ability to be focused during high stakes assessments? Article: Examining Links Between Academic Performance And Food Stamps.

Check out this resource too!