We are excited to be partnering with the Willard Middle School teachers and leaders for the second year to support their improvement and equity goals for their 560 students. In addition, our BUSD cross-site teacher scholars are reaching students through the The Berkeley Unified Music Department. In their eighth year of partnership, the BUSD Music teachers are using collaborative inquiry to engage all students to successfully learn to play an instrument and to set goals that will lead them to develop their creative potential. In this pandemic year, they are especially focused on using music to bring joy to students to encourage them to engage in distance learning. This group is focused particularly on students of color and other historically underserved groups.
Our OUSD partner sites have a combined reach of more than 30,000 students in grades TK-12. We are supporting the Elementary Principal network from six focal schools to explore what it means to lead through the lens of SEL. Through teacher-led collaborative inquiry, more than 350 teacher scholars and leaders at Melrose Leadership Academy, Rudsdale High School, and the cross-district Newcomers Group, Social Emotional Learning Group, Expanded Learning, and OUSD Visual and Performing Arts are building powerful collaborative communities that create positive change in both teacher and student learning.
In its first year of partnership, the administrative team and cohort of 12 Teacher Leaders from diverse sections of the school are using collaborative inquiry to support adult learning in service of students.
Teacher scholars in our cross-district groups benefit from the unique opportunity to learn deeply with colleagues from schools across their districts. Each group shares a focus - whether a content area, demographic group, or pedagogical lens - that drives shared understanding of how to positively impact student learning.