Collaborative Connections with EdCo: Jen Castle and Sherri Scott

Two of our EdCo members, Jen Castle and Sherri Scott are generous enough to share their experiences from Linden Waldorf with our community of educators.  *originally published June 17, 2021 …

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Collaborative Connections with EdCo: Addison Barrack and Mike Mitchell

EdCo Member, Addison Barrack, recently collaborated with Mike Mitchell to help students present their funds of knowledge through clay work. Joining EdCo provides a direct connection to amazing educators like …

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Collaborative Connections with EdCo: Lindsay Roe, Courtney Elko, and Joel Bezaire

EdCo Member, Lindsay Roe, recently collaborated with Joel Bezaire to find a way for students to utilize Desmos across the curriculum. The product of their collaboration quickly spread throughout the …

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Collaborative Connections with EdCo: Mike Mitchell and Brandi Hodge, Pixel Art

EdCo Member, Mike Mitchell, recently collaborated with Brandi Hodge to find a way for students to recognize their content mastery with pixel art. Joining EdCo provides a direct connection to …

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Craft. Create. Critique.

Joel Bezaire, a 7th grade Pre-Algebra teacher at University School of Nashville, reminds us that creativity is all around us. *originally published April 6, 2021 Teachers are artists.  They craft, …

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Bigger Community, Bigger Lens

Collaboration, that’s the essence of EdCo’s mission.  Teachers learning from teachers, professionals learning from professionals.  Program Director and EdCo Member, Amy Nystrand recently ‘’sat down” virtually with Jennifer Weinblatt, 6th …

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The EdCo Impact: How a Space for Support and Collaboration is Helping Educators

*originally published January 5, 2021 Ada Collins, Tusculum Elementary Math Coach:  I had gotten an email from my principal at the time, and I was just kind of in a …

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Teacher Tag Team!

Cohort 3 member Natalie Elliot recently ‘’sat down” virtually with two Edco teachers, Chris Martin and Kevin Hritz. Chris teaches 5th grade Literacy at Meigs Magnet and Kevin teaches 8th …

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Meeting the Need to Connect

*originally published September 29, 2020 As a 4th grade teacher, I spend most of my time pondering how to improve lessons for my students, how to connect with each and …

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Teachers Center Community

Written by Greg O’Loughlin, High School Teacher and Founder/Director of The Educators’ Cooperative *originally published on December 8, 2020 It is difficult to describe the professionalism, dedication, and flexibility demonstrated …

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Teaching and learning in the ‘new.’

When the means of assessing growth and development cannot effectively measure innovative, essential, novel growth and development, where does the problem lie? In the growth or in the assessment? Written …

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Teaching in 2020 – Mastering Technology with Purpose

EdCo members, Amber Thienel and Amy Noon were asked, “What has surprised you about teaching during the pandemic?” Amber Thienel is a District Lead Numeracy Coach in MNPS and Amy …

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More to Teach than Math: Perseverance and a Growth Mindset

Program Director and EdCo Member, Amy Nystrand recently ‘’sat down” virtually Two Edco teachers, Ada Collins and Alyssa Niemiec, share their experiences in the classroom. Ada is the Math Coach …

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Building Futures and Making a Difference

In a recent series of interviews, Amy Nystrand, Program Director of the Educators’ Cooperative asked members, “What keeps you going on tough days?”  The answers are a good reminder of …

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Context, Community, and Compassion

Written by Greg O’Loughlin, High School Teacher and Founder/Director of The Educators’ Cooperative on January 12, 2021 We weren’t sure what to do. The first of our nightly Collaborates Calls …

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Even in Alternative Educational Roles, the Teaching and Learning Never Stop

Meet EdCo Member, Mike Mitchell. Mike serves primarily as the Arts Director for Mt. Pleasant schools, as well as a resource for teachers across the county. Hearing Mike’s story is …

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Mindfulness: Quieting Minds, Hearts, and Bodies of Elementary Students (and My Own!)

As we gear up for the start of school after a year of unknowns and incredible losses, our mental health and the mental health of our students is more important …

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Summer is for Learning!

This post was originally published on July 12, 2017 by Kyleen Shyer at https://educatorscooperative.com/2017/07/12/summer-is-for-learning/. Mid-July. As an educator, where does that fall in your “summer calendar?” For educators around Nashville, …

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The Educators’ Cooperative: Summer Workshop

“This was unlike any other PD I’ve ever done!” “I feel hopeful and more sure of myself than ever before!” “These connections and workshops are exactly what I needed!” And …

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EdCo’s Summer Workshop — Abundance, Connection, and Community

Written by Greg O’Loughlin, high school educator and founder of The Educators’ Cooperative. Our annual Summer Workshop is the place that nurtures and grows a community of educators in Nashville …

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Why Join EdCo? Part 1

Joining EdCo provides direct connection to amazing educators. Click here to join hundreds of other teachers who have already benefited from the power of collaboration and the Educators’ Cooperative’s professional …

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Collaborative Connections with EdCo: Mike Mitchell and Eric Harvey

We’re pulling insights and shared experiences from EdCo Member, Mike Mitchell of Cohort 3.  Mike recently collaborated with Eric Harvey, having students produce, edit, and coauthor a weekly radio show.  …

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There Is Never Enough Time

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” ― John Dewey There are few times of the school year that feel more hectic than the last …

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Post Pandemic: The Positives We’ll Take with Us

EdCo Members Amber Thienel, MNPS District Lead Numeracy Coach in the South, and Anie Hall, 9th grade English teacher at Hendersonville High School, were both asked, “What’s something you plan …

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The Cure for Isolation? EdCampNash 2021!

Written by Greg O’Loughlin, High School Teacher and Founder/Director of The Educators’ Cooperative  It is that time of year again! Every February, the teachers of The Educators’ Cooperative bring our …

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Summer-School of Reinvention

Teachers are on the leading edge of virtual community building. Written by Greg O’Loughlin, the founder of a collaborative community for teachers and 12th grade English teacher at Templeton Academy. …

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We Can’t Go “Back To School” This Year

It is impossible to go “back to school” this year. Whatever it is that we are moving towards is not the school we left, and there’s no going back. That could be good news.
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EdCo Teacher Spotlight: Alecia Ford, and how teaching is better than cake.

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Unpacking a Standard

This month\'s update from the CoOp Corner is chock-full of ideas you can use in your next team planning meeting or on your own reflecting on how to dig more deeply into the standards.
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EdCo Teacher Spotlight: Everyone is a Student

If you want to learn to be a more collaborative teacher and are motivated by others then EdCo will move you in the right direction!
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With a Little Help From My (Critical) Friends

My students will never know that a small group of educators all around Nashville made me a better teacher which in turn has helped them own their learning better.
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Doing The Work

Sometime at the end of last school year my Head of High School suggested that I organize a session for the National Association for Independent School’s People of Color Conference. …

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EdCo Teacher Spotlight: Work, Vision & Destiny

He believes what we’re doing and working for is not only possible, but within reach. “I leave feeling invigorated and hopeful.”
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Collaboration Cubed

In the latest update from the CoOp Corner, we have a story of collaboration that gets right to the heart of The Educators\’ Cooperative.  Lindsey Roe, a Middle School ELL …

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Reimagining \’Leadership\’ In (and From) The Classroom

Jennifer Weinblatt teaches 6th Grade English at Harding Academy in Nashville, TN. She is an active member of The Educators\’ Cooperative and its Leadership Committee. In this installment of the CoOp …

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Listening, Learning, and Letting Go

By Amy Nystrand Amy Nystrand is a 4th Grade teacher at Gower Elementary School. In this installment in the CoOp Corner, she shares her thoughts on the power of listening …

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Teaching Math the \’Write\’ Way

Joel Bezaire has been leading and innovating from the classroom for many years, and his work as a 7th Grade Math teacher is both inspirational and well worth exploring. A …

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The EdCo Impact: How a Space for Support and Collaboration is Helping Educators

*originally published January 5, 2021 Ada Collins, Tusculum Elementary Math Coach:  I had gotten an email from my principal at the time, and I was just kind of in a …

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Teachers Center Community

Written by Greg O’Loughlin, High School Teacher and Founder/Director of The Educators’ Cooperative *originally published on December 8, 2020 It is difficult to describe the professionalism, dedication, and flexibility demonstrated …

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Teaching and learning in the ‘new.’

When the means of assessing growth and development cannot effectively measure innovative, essential, novel growth and development, where does the problem lie? In the growth or in the assessment? Written …

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It’s the Kids that Sustain Us

Dave Harrison, a 4th Grade teacher at Gower Elementary, and Allison Hardy, Chemistry teacher at Hillwood High School, share that the kids keep them going on tough days. The relationships …

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More to Teach than Math: Perseverance and a Growth Mindset

Program Director and EdCo Member, Amy Nystrand recently ‘’sat down” virtually Two Edco teachers, Ada Collins and Alyssa Niemiec, share their experiences in the classroom. Ada is the Math Coach …

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Context, Community, and Compassion

Written by Greg O’Loughlin, High School Teacher and Founder/Director of The Educators’ Cooperative on January 12, 2021 We weren’t sure what to do. The first of our nightly Collaborates Calls …

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Advice I’d Give Myself as a First Year Teacher: Part 1

It’s that time of the year, time to check in on 1st year teachers! EdCo members were asked, “What are three pieces of advice you’d give to yourself as a …

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Put on your cape, and rise above it!

Originally published by Tiffani Norman, an Advanced Academics Resource Teacher at Eakin Elementary, on October 17, 2017. As I was sitting on the beach in Panama City during Fall Break, …

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Even in Alternative Educational Roles, the Teaching and Learning Never Stop

Meet EdCo Member, Mike Mitchell. Mike serves primarily as the Arts Director for Mt. Pleasant schools, as well as a resource for teachers across the county. Hearing Mike’s story is …

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Lift as You Climb

Program Director and EdCo Member, Amy Nystrand recently ‘’sat down” virtually As we get into the groove of the 2021–2022 school year, we pause to highlight the exceptional teachers that …

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Supporting Teachers During a Pandemic

This post was originally published on February 23, 2020, written by Ashley Jordan, EdCo Member and 6th grade ELA teacher at McMurray Middle School. As we navigate these tricky times, …

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New School Year Excitement at Fever Pitch!

Thanks to clear leadership, innovative planning, and unprecedented support teachers are more excited about the school year than ever. Written by Greg O’Loughlin, Classroom Teacher and Founder of The Educators’ …

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I Hope They Know I Care

EdCo members Anie Hall, 9th grade English teacher at Hendersonville High School, Ansley Glenn, 6th grade Math teacher at Harpeth Hall, and Amy Noon, 2nd grade teacher at Crieve Hall, …

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Mindfulness: Quieting Minds, Hearts, and Bodies of Elementary Students (and My Own!)

As we gear up for the start of school after a year of unknowns and incredible losses, our mental health and the mental health of our students is more important …

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There Is Never Enough Time

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” ― John Dewey There are few times of the school year that feel more hectic than the last …

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What keeps you going on tough days? EdCo Teachers Reflect

By Amanda Banik Originally published on November 3, 2021 at educatorscooperative.com Teaching is tough. Not only is the expectation that we are instructional experts, but also parents, social workers, counselors, …

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Advice I’d Give Myself as a First Year Teacher: Part 2

In a recent series of interviews, Amy Nystrand, Program Director of the Educators’ Cooperative asked members, “What are three pieces of advice you’d give to yourself as a 1st year …

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We Can’t Go “Back To School” This Year

It is impossible to go “back to school” this year. Whatever it is that we are moving towards is not the school we left, and there’s no going back. That could be good news.
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Educators' Cooperative Teachers Collaborate

EdCo Teacher Spotlight: Alecia Ford, and how teaching is better than cake.

Learn about Alecia Ford\'s journey from the science lab to the science classroom in the latest EdCo Teacher Spotlight.
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EdCo Teachers Collaborate

EdCo Teacher Spotlight: Work, Vision & Destiny

He believes what we’re doing and working for is not only possible, but within reach. “I leave feeling invigorated and hopeful.”
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Student drawing of anxiety and mindfulness activity

Stepping Into the Null: Teaching Anxiety, Mindfulness, Gratitude, and Loving Kindness

Choices about when, where, and how we address anxiety and mindfulness often say more about our work with our students than we know. First Grade teacher Lizzie Ammerman is our …

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Just curious.

5th Grade Social Studies teacher Connie Fink is starting her year with a new approach to sparking curiosity in her students. She keeps a blog over at http://finkteach.blogspot.com/. Connie believes that blogging …

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Hooray! Hooray! Back to school!

By Ada Collins After a relaxing summer that ended too soon, it’s safe to say that back to school season is back in full swing.  I am torn between: After …

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