I spent some time recently with the Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction department of Oakland Unified School District and I think they’re doing some of the most thoughtful work around. They nurture their talent, celebrate successes, promote good ideas from within, and sustain what seems (to this outsider) to be a very health professional community.
Their Instructional Toolkit for Mathematics [pdf] deserves your attention. It describes their defining “strategies and experiences,” including:
- Number talks
- Participation quizzes
I particularly like their “Evidence-Gathering Card,” which grounds a lot of abstract ideas (like “A growth mindset matters”) into “student vital actions.”