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Update on High Expertise Teaching (HET) Project

Update on High Expertise Teaching (HET) Project
Posted on 10/21/2016
An update from our Instructional Literacy & Math Coaches

Going into its third year, the partnership between Cambridge Public Schools and Research for Better Teaching continues to grow, refine, and revitalize as our strengths and needs crystallize. From the beginning, the Instructional Coaches, along with our Principal, Ms. Ford, have been responsible for this work and communicating the big ideas of the project and partnership back to our colleagues. During the 2016-2017 school year, the desired goal is to increase high-leverage, intentional teaching practices aimed at meeting the needs of all students in all classrooms throughout the district. Some ways we (the coaches) are working to achieve the desired outcomes:

–Focused analysis and pointed feedback and guidance on the implementation of High Expertise Practices, as defined by the project
–Reflect on our efforts to improve the frequency and quality of these practices.
–Support classroom teachers in implementing lessons with increasing expertise at designing and implementing lessons based on challenging, scaffolded learning targets
–Collaborate with colleagues to design lessons that provide opportunities for all students to make their thinking visible and provide evidence of learning during/at the conclusion of the lesson

It is our pleasure to serve the students and families at the Peabody School.

We can be reached at:

Traci Vecchiarello, Instructional ELA Coach JK-5: tvecchiarello@cpsd.us

Ann Marie Varella, Instructional Math Coach JK-5: avarella@cpsd.us

What We're Reading (September & October):
–Hall, Pete and Alisa Simeral. Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom. ASCD. Alexandria. 2015. 
–Souers, Kristin with Pete Hall. Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma Sensitive Classroom. ASCD. Alexandria. 2016.
–Sweeney, Diane. Student-Centered Coaching. Corwin. Thousand Oaks. 2011.


“Every teacher deserves a coach.” –Heather Rader