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TEam Member Spotlights

TEam Member Spotlight: Paul Needham

What is your role on the TEam?

I am an Instructional Coach, Professional Learning Specialist, and Sports Expert on our Trivia Team (The Persons of Interest)

Where did you study? List all that apply.

Northeastern University, University of Connecticut, University of Texas

Why are you passionate about education and teacher development?

It is the great injustice of our generation that the zip code in which you live determines the educational opportunities which you are afforded. As we make progress against this issue, I want to be able to say I was an active member in its solution.

Describe a successful teaching strategy that you used in the classroom or that you frequently recommend to your teachers.

As the end of the year approaches, I’m encouraging a lot of my teachers to use projects to remediate for subgroups of students. You can read more about this high-impact, data-driven strategy HERE.

If you had to describe your work on the TEam in three words, what would they be?

We change lives.

What advice would you have for an educator that aspires to become an instructional leader?

Open up your current practice to scrutiny. No one becomes a successful instructional leader without first learning to be a successful and humble educator. The more reflective you are and the more you encourage others to help you improve your own practice, the more effective you will become and more you will have to offer the teachers you will one day support.

When you are not working on closing the achievement gap, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy reading with my daughter (and her little brother on the way), grilling, trying new things (woodworking, home-brewing, and mandolin recently) and watching/talking sports

Which TE-shirt is your favorite and why?

Our most recent shirt (“Stay Hungry, Stay Humble – TEach ’em up”) is my new favorite because it sums up my views on education in 6.5 words! … and it’s soft.



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