December 2013 Newsletter: Mills Teacher Scholars news, announcements, teacher highlights... and more! 

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A new teacher blog post
•Roosevelt Elementary
•A Teacher Scholar Video!

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Happy Holidays from Mills Teacher Scholars,
We hope that this season provides you with rest and reflection and a little extra time to check out our December newsletter highlights!

Our First School Site: Roosevelt Elementary Five Years Later

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.

Learn how Roosevelt's Mills Teacher Scholar Leaders work to sustain the work at their school site...

Facilitating Collaboration: From Kindergarteners to Law Students

 "Through collecting and analyzing authentic data from the students in my classroom, my teaching practice has deepened. From slowing down and zooming in on their process, I have learned to notice patterns in the partnerships and to adjust my teaching to facilitate more collaborative relationships."
Read more about what Teacher Scholar Brook-Pessin Whedbee learned through her year-long inquiry project on promoting collaborative partnerships through Story Plays...


Inquiry in Action: Academic Language in Science Writing

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.
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