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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 Perfect Match: What Happens When Teachers Join Forces to Up Their Skills

April 5, 2016 | Professional Development

By Steve Cantrell Every teacher has strengths and weaknesses—so what happens when teachers who are weak in some areas pair with teachers who are strong in those areas to share their skills? Findings from an initiative developed by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) suggest that when teachers work together,…

Teacher 2 Teacher


January 26, 2016

When teachers get together, there’s nothing they can’t do. That’s why we’ve supported the creation of a robust community where teachers can build relationships with one another, swap ideas, and share meaningful feedback. Teacher2Teacher is being co-built with teacher leaders to shape a space where teachers can connect to share…

Teacher Observations: A Culture of Feedback

September 11, 2015

Education First’s report, Giving Teachers the Feedback and Support They Deserve, describes how five leading districts (Aldine, TX; Fulton County, GA; Greene County, TN; Salem-Keizer, OR; and St. Bernard Parish, LA) are working to provide high-quality feedback and support for their teachers in order to improve student outcomes and evaluation systems. The districts…

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…

Teachers Know Best

May 11, 2015

The goal of Teachers Know Best is to bring the perspectives of teachers to developers who are creating digital tools for the classroom. Moving from anecdotes of what digital instructional tools teachers want and need to actual, solid data, will help us to better understand how teachers use digital technology in the classroom, and…

teacher fellowship


April 14, 2015 | Teacher Engagement

Teaching can be isolating, and we have been trying to figure out how to connect teachers in more powerful ways to have conversations about their profession and practice. Teacher fellowships are one way for teachers to connect, reflect, and improve their practice. So we set out to learn more about…