10 Things to Know About Mills Teacher Scholars
- 110 teacher scholars in East Bay public schools are investigating their students’ learning with Mills Teacher Scholars and changing their teaching as they discover how their students learn.
- Over 50% of our 110 teacher scholars are working in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).
- Supporting teachers to look at classroom data for evidence of student thinking and understanding is at the heart of Mills Teacher Scholars work.
- We have a new team member, Laura Alvarez, OUSD teacher and language acquisition specialist. Laura presented at our October Saturday workshop on developing a lens to look at data that reflects the language goals of the Common Core. Laura teaches at Melrose Leadership Academy.
- Mills Teacher Scholars Faculty Director, Anna Richert, had her book, What Should I Do? Confronting Moral Dilemmas of Teaching in Urban Schools, reviewed in Teachers College Record.
- In our 2011-2012 evaluation conducted by WestEd, 75% of our teacher scholars reported that their Mills Teacher Scholars work led them to “gain new understandings about why students are not successful and use that understanding to create a plan to support their learning.”
- 95% of the teachers who have participated in Mills Teacher Scholars over the past five years are still teaching today.
- You can watch a video of Aija Simmons sharing her Mills Teacher Scholars inquiry work at the Alameda County Office of Education Integrated Summer Institute.
- Mills Teacher Scholars has 13 school partners for 2012-2013.
- The Mills Teacher Scholar Leaders Network, led by Aija Simmons, convened in September. This network is supporting teacher scholar leaders to facilitate teacher-led inquiry at their school sites.