Caring School Community Posts

2 days 21 hours ago
In the Collaborative Classroom, we believe classroom learning experiences should be built around students constructing knowledge and engaging in action. Providing these types of experiences takes careful consideration and planning by the teacher. Teachers’ intentional planning makes the difference between lessons that shine with the...
5 days 20 hours ago
The goal of most American teachers is to successfully educate all students, but too many black and Latino students underperform academically and fail to meet their potential. Educating all students well is not only important for the students themselves, but for our nation as a whole. We cannot have a just and democratic society without fully...
5 weeks 4 days ago
Last Wednesday, March 11, 2015, my colleagues and I—along with education leaders from across the country—gathered in the Gold Room of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. for a Convening hosted by our organization, the Center for the Collaborative Classroom (CCC). This Convening put a spotlight on the critically... (1)
6 weeks 3 days ago
Last summer we got a new puppy. She is a Schnauzer and we named her Emmy, (actually her kennel name is Precious Emerald but that is a little too pretentious and much too long to use when calling her for dinner). We set about trying to make her into the perfect dog so that we would be seen as the perfect dog parents. However, it wasn’t long...
6 weeks 5 days ago
We are excited to announce that we are launching the Center for the Collaborative Classroom at a Convening in Washington, D.C., this Wednesday, March 11, from 12:30–3:30 PM ET at the Rayburn House Office Building. Education Leaders from across the country will join Department of Education staff, legislative staff, and a distinguished...
10 weeks 3 days ago
The Collaborative Classroom has Four Core Principles: The social and academic curriculum carry equal weight and are interdependent. Fostering caring relationships and building inclusive and safe environments are foundational practices for both the student and adult learning community. Classroom learning experiences should be built around...
12 weeks 5 days ago
Recently I was lucky enough to revisit New Zealand. I had visited there a number of years ago and was struck by its beauty, the warmth of its people, and the quality of its schools. Since my last visit New Zealand has gained more fame through the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the Hobbit series, both of which were filmed there. It has stood in...
14 weeks 5 days ago
Children’s books are the cornerstone of many of DSC’s programs; in a way, the authors are our behind-the-scenes collaborators. We want teachers, administrators, students, and parents to be able to learn more about these wonderful authors and illustrators. We are happy to present the second in our new series of interviews, a...
15 weeks 3 days ago
from Kelli Cedo
I have been reflecting on and pondering this question over the past month: “How can administrators and staff keep a pulse on morale?” I remembered reading an article in Principal magazine about two years ago and pulled it out for a re-read. The article did not focus explicitly on morale per se, but it focused on hope, which I...
18 weeks 2 days ago
I don’t know about you, but I am finding this December to be such a whirlwind. There are the expected classroom celebrations, holiday concerts, neighborhood caroling, and toffee making. But what I wasn’t expecting this December were the vigils and remembrances. Reflecting on the recent senseless deaths of young black men and the two-...