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Education Is the Key

May 23, 2016

Our CEO, Sue Desmond-Hellmann released her first annual letter highlighting some of the lessons she’s learned, including lessons from our education work. And here’s one example of how important it is for teachers to be engaged in the process of helping students reach high standards, because as Sue notes, “deep…

The Power of Student Feedback

March 24, 2016 | Teacher Engagement

As more states and districts consider using student perceptions surveys as a tool to give teachers feedback on their practice, Tennessee teacher Josalyn Tresvant tells her peers at an ECET2 convening why she asks her students for their feedback on her teaching.

An Open Letter to Teachers: Raise Your Voice!

December 11, 2015

In this open letter to teachers, I am restating my claim that teachers are the experts.  I urge teachers to talk with other teachers about their practice, and raise their voice about what they need to help their students learn.  I’m immensely thankful to have learned with andfrom so many teachers throughout my…

The Passing of the Baton

October 28, 2015 | Effective Teaching

By Vicki Phillips, Director of Education, US Programs I am writing with a heart filled with gratitude, sadness and excitement to tell you I will be leaving the Foundation at the end of the year to pursue our common work for students and teachers from another venue. It has been…

ECET2: The Power of Connection

September 11, 2015

New Jersey has its share of iconic lead singers. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are just two of our famous front men. Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, George Clinton—we can go down the list. What makes these singers and songwriters special is that their lyrics speak to us on some…

ECET2: Cultivating a Calling—Lauren Maucere

September 1, 2015

During the Elevating & Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET²) convening in Seattle, Washington, Lauren Maucere, a high school English, ASL, Theater Arts and health teacher from Los Angeles Unified School district gives a keynote address reflecting on her call to become an educator. “That scene (in Romeo and Juliet)…

The Next Generation of ECET2

August 20, 2015

ECET² offers a series of teacher-led national and regional convenings as well as an online community that are focused on teacher leadership, collaboration, and innovative instructional practices. Teachers run it all – the seminars, workshops, meetings – you name it. Watch this video to hear seasoned ECET² attendees give advice to…

Back to School: Listen to the Teachers

August 11, 2015

It’s that time of year—Back to School!  A time of great possibility and excitement for students and their families. Beginning this week and extending through mid-September, students across the United States will be headed back to school and a new year of opportunity and learning. At the Foundation, we have…

The Write Way to Grow: Why Teachers Should Blog

July 11, 2015

It was the workshop that changed my personal and professional life forever.  It was that “a-ha” moment that all teachers (and people) wish for, and while it was four years ago, I remember it like yesterday.  Penny Kittle steadfastly stated that if we are going to ask our students to write…

Shaving Cream, Supply, and Demand

May 10, 2015

Andrew Hull is a social studies teacher at Palmyra Area High in Pennsylvania. He teaches AP microeconomics, economics, and sports history and serves as the head coach for the boys’ soccer team. When I was hired as a social studies teacher at Palmyra Area High School in 2013, the department…