Tag: teacher quality

CREATE Teachers Who Make Successful Schools!

As schools get ready for a busy back to school season here in Atlanta, twenty new teacher residents will be joining the classrooms of exemplary teachers across the city to co-teach lessons, learn best practices, and be mentored by some of Atlanta’s best instructors. This is all happening through CREATE. CREATE is a 3-year teacher residency program. This first began…

Making Math Make Sense

“You do not study mathematics because it helps you build a bridge. You study mathematics because it is the poetry of the universe.” Making Math make sense to students is what helps them to perform better. As I’m in the halls with my scholars, I ask them about their grades. They always cringe when they get to Math. I ask them “Is…

To Teach or Not to Teach? Teaching in the Millennial Age

“Annually, 13% of teachers leave the classroom and nearly 50% leave after five years.” —  Jonathan Cetel Founding Executive Director, PennCAN, and 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30 In order to increase the retention of teachers, innovation and flexibility must be a standard within school districts. There has to be a balance between not only how we attract teachers but what is done to…

It’s Really This Simple: School Districts That Empower Teachers Will See Student Success

There’s a lot of talk about how we can improve schools, from various turnaround strategies to school choice community partnership programs, but I think one of the most critical areas is the need for professional development in order to empower our teachers. In talking to several of my colleagues who are still teaching in APS traditional schools, they love the…

Teachers, Here’s How You Can Make These Last Days Before Break Count

The gap between Thanksgiving and winter break can be one of the most challenging stretches in time any teacher experiences. It’s like trekking the Sahara Desert with chapped lips, while only wearing a loose pair of Timberlands; you expose yourself to the same level of vulnerability and dryness and potential catastrophe. In my first year teaching, I barely survived December. I did more revisions…