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Teaching Excellence Teacher Spotlight: Jessica Edwards

What organization do you work for? I work for Chinquapin Preparatory School What grade-level and subject do you teach? I teach 6th grade Social Studies, 7th grade Language Arts, and I co-teach 8th grade Life Skills. I also co-teach high school Performing Arts. Where did you attend college and in what did you major? I … Continue reading

Driving Data Creates Visionary Change

By Calvin Stocker and Patricia Williams, Teaching Excellence Instructional Coaches “DRIVE. THAT. DATA. Honk! Honk!” This is the mantra of Teaching Excellence’s Data Driver TEam. It can be heard in Instructional Coach’s debriefs with teachers, at PLS sessions, and during Teaching Excellence meetings as the Data TEam trains Instructional Coach’s on how to help core-content … Continue reading

Dear IC…Student Motivation

Now Accepting Your Question: Calvin J. Stocker, Teaching Excellence Instructional Coach Dear IC, I have this really awesome incentive system in my classroom that has worked beautifully… until most recently. It appears that my students are losing interest in it and don’t really “care” about the incentives as much as they used to. What should … Continue reading

Teaching Excellence Teacher Spotlight: Erika Kovach

What organization do you work for? KIPP SHINE What grade-level and subject do you teach? First grade, self-contained Where did you attend college and in what did you major? List all that apply. The Ohio State University- B.A. Spanish, focus on Hispanic Linguistics; Minor in Women Studies What is the best part of teaching? What … Continue reading

Preparing Students to Be College-Ready: Insight from Former YES Prep Teacher Turned College Educator

 By: Sarah Murphy, Teaching Excellence Instructional Coach Natalie Lund’s unique experience in education makes her an expert on that which is most pressing to teachers in the classroom: truly readying students for college. Natalie’s Teach For America placement school was YES Prep East End, and she thrived during her tenure at this campus serving as … Continue reading

Those Who Teach…Do Everything! (Part 4)

By Laura Washington, Instructional Coach   Ahhhh. The constant holiday carols are gone, only to be replaced with Tom Jones’s voice telling us, “Love is in the air. Everywhere I look around. Love is in the air.” We are also inundated with Jane Seymour’s “Open Heart” necklace commercials. Thank you, Tom and Jane, for telling … Continue reading

TEaching Excellence Teacher Spotlight: Alicia Rodriguez

What organization do you work for? Yes Prep Public Schools- East End campus What grade-level and subject do you teach? 11th and 12th grade, AP Psychology Where did you attend college and in what did you major? List all that apply. I attended University of Houston-Central Campus and majored in Human Development and Family Studies. … Continue reading

Share the Love: 8 Ways to Show Appreciation to Teachers and Students

Whether it is Valentine’s Day or the day of a big test, we all need a little love sometimes. Show appreciation for your students or fellow teachers by trying one of the great ideas below. A cute way to show students that their hard work is being recognized. Source Fill the bags with orange flavored … Continue reading

Teaching Excellence Teacher Spotlight: Mollie Dean

(From Spirit Week at West!) What organization do you work for? Yes Prep Public Schools- West campus What grade-level and subject do you teach? 6th and 7th grade, Reading Intervention Where did you attend college and in what did you major? List all that apply. Texas A&M University; Major – English Creative Writing, Minor – … Continue reading

Coaching Like A Champion: Harbaugh It Up in the Classroom

Pizza, screaming, faces filled with the epitome of joy and fear filled living rooms across America as the Super Bowl was watched yesterday, February 3rd. Qualifying to participate in this highly anticipated sporting event means that two teams took countless hits, memorized hundreds of plays, analyzed hours of film, and executed excellence on the field multiple … Continue reading

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