We exist to put learning at the heart of teaching by building communities where teachers grow in their knowledge, skills and dispositions to be high-level professionals. We do this by helping teachers address the complex circumstances of their students’ learning through the systematic, on-going collaborative study of their students’ work.
We believe that quality education is a human right and a locus of hope for our nation; building a strong democracy involves preparing all children with knowledge, skills, and dispositions to critically examine their own circumstances and be agents in their lives and communities.
Essential to improving learning opportunities for all students is supporting the professionalism of teaching, encouraging teachers to more deeply understand the complex and changing circumstances of their students’ learning and of their own teaching through intellectual curiosity, problem-solving, and inquiry.
Situated in the vibrant, culturally diverse Bay Area, the Mills Teacher Scholars Program supports teachers in developing this understanding through working with colleagues to ask questions about their students’ learning and systematically examine their teaching practice. As a result, our teacher participants provide their students with meaningful and culturally relevant learning opportunities, giving the students the ability and confidence to change the world.
Questioning personal and system assumptions
Achieve equity and social justice in education for all students.
Teaching from an inquiry stance
Support teachers to initiate and pursue questions, which guide careful and systematic examination of practice.
Bring in multiple points of view to better understand the complexities of teaching and learning in the classroom.
Articulating learning goals and analyzing student work
Hold all students to high expectations that are authentic, important, go beyond standardized testing and textbook standards, and look for equitable and excellent outcomes.
Share our work with other teachers, administrators and the community.
Raise the voices of teachers
Develop and ensure teacher voice in the dialogue about education and equity.