Five years ago Mills Teacher Scholars was encouraged to take its brand of teacher-led inquiry off of the Mills campus and out into local schools. San Leandro Unified Roosevelt principal, Victoria Forrester, welcomed the pilot program to her campus. Five years later 20 teachers—98% of her staff —are engaged in teacher-led inquiry to better understand student learning. Victoria, also active on the Mills Teacher Scholars advisory board, credits the program with building broad-based teacher leadership among the teachers at Roosevelt, leadership that carries over from the Mills Teacher Scholars work to all the other aspects of Roosevelt’s efforts to improve learning outcomes for all students.
Watch New Highland Teacher Scholar Channon Jackson discuss how her inquiry work transformed the way she worked with students to integrate high level academic science vocabulary into their science conclusions. What makes her work particularly successful is her relentless perseverance to get her lowest achieving focal students to engage with their science writing.