Friday, September 28, 2018


Educating the whole-child, means factoring in their Social-Emotional Wellbeing as they enter your classroom.  So how do we balance our students' SEL needs with academic learning targets?  In Ed Surge's recent article, they interview teachers and site admin on this topic.
So what is Social & Emotional wellbeing?

Check out this recent article from EdSurge: How Do You Factor Social-Emotional WellBeing into Your Personalized Learning Plans:

Be Mindful Of Classroom Environment

Hi Everyone,
As we move into conference week, progress reports, and assessments, we need to be mindful of our testing environments!  Check out this article by Jo Boaler that was referenced in Dyslexia Advantage-September 2018 newsletter and originally published in NCTM April 2014 edition; "Research Suggests Timed Tests Cause Math Anxiety".

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!