Mills Teacher Scholars supports ongoing learning for teachers through facilitating teacher-led investigations of teaching and learning. Contrary to popular belief, most teachers are not provided opportunities in their work day to carefully consider their students’ learning. Mills Teacher Scholars responds to this by creating a much-needed thinking space for teachers to better understand the complexities of their work and to implement changes to their teaching based on these considerations.
Our participants join Mills Teacher Scholars in school-site teams. We currently work with over 90 K-12 urban public school teachers who are investigating an aspect of their students’ learning that they feel is crucial to improving student learning outcomes. Teachers meet monthly to discuss their questions with their colleagues and to systematically study the data that they collect to answer their questions, including classroom video data, student work, student interview data, and observational data.
Mills Teacher Scholars staff provides facilitation and inquiry coaching to help move teachers in their thinking and to support them as they document the changes they make in their teaching and how these changes impact student learning. At the end of the year, the teacher scholars present their findings to their colleagues.