Anthony Cody's Career Highlights

  • 18 years teaching science and math at Bret Harte Middle School in Oakland
  • One of Oakland’s first National Board certified teachers
  • Leader of the Curriculum In Focus middle school science project
  • Two years as a Peer Assistance and Review coach
  • Four years as a fulltime science coach and mentor
  • Developed the TeamScience program, an innovative project that pairs experienced science teachers with novices for content-focused mentoring.
  • Numerous publications and articles on teacher leadership, best practices and education policy
  • Presentations at workshops at schools and conferences around the US and world.

 

Projects and Affiliations

Oakland’s TeamScience: http://science.ousd.k12.ca.us/teamscience.htm

Buck Institute for Eduction: www.bie.org

Accomplished California Teachers: http://nbrc.stanford.edu/act/

Workshops and Talks

Teachers in the Drivers Seat, an Introduction to Collaborative Processes

The most powerful professional development is often that which is led by teachers ourselves. This session will share several powerful models of teacher-centered growth. Participants will learn about Lesson Study, a process in which teachers design a lesson together, observe it being taught, and then reflect together on how well students learned, and what might be improved. We will also look at Critical Friends groups, where teachers collaborate to investigate questions in their practice. You will leave with some solid tools to help guide your professional collaboration.

Guided Inquiry: Allowing Students to take the Lead

The best science instruction is that which allows students to feel as if they are scientists themselves. This can happen if we allow students a chance to explore and generate their own questions. But exploration does not always lead to investigation – students need guidance and structure to be successful. This session models the process we wish students to follow. We will engage in a short hands-on investigation, generate questions, and share our results. This is a fun chance to get our hands dirty and rediscover the joy of science, while keeping an eye on the goal of conducting real investigations with reportable results.

Assessment in Science

As educators focus on student learning, assessment becomes critical. Research has shown that when we assess learning as we teach, we can provide timely and specific feedback to our students. This feedback has a powerful effect in improving learning, because it helps each learner take responsibility for mastering the concepts and skills they need. This session will explore a variety of assessment strategies for the science classroom, including self and peer assessment, quick assessments that can be done during instruction, and the use of rubrics on more ambitious projects. We will also look at how teams of teachers can collaborate around assessment to improve instruction at the school level.

Differentiated Instruction in Science

When we teach as if all our students are the same, some students are not stretched to learn as much as they can. This session shares the use of choice and a layered curriculum which allows us to challenge students to take on as much as they are capable of, moving beyond the basic curriculum to deeper levels. Teachers can also build on student interest by creating opportunities for choice. Examples of more complex assignments and challenges will be shared, as well as grading strategies that promote and reward students for taking on more than the minimum.

Digital Photoessays

Telling stories through photography. Many students have digital cameras, but most only take casual snapshots. In this session I will share some photographic techniques that allow students to compose more artistic and memorable photographs, and an in-depth story-telling project I developed that gets students to use digital cameras to express themselves.

 

Publications

Teacher Magazine blog: Living in Dialogue

On Teacher Leadership

Making Professional Development an Inside Job

Class Struggle: Empowering the Teaching Profession

Putting Teachers in the Driver’s Seat

It Takes a Team to Retain Our Teachers

An Interview on Teacher Evaluation and Assessment

About the Curriculum In Focus Project

Moving Beyond the Classroom: The Growing role of Teacher Leaders

On Best Practices in Science and Beyond

Students in the Drivers Seat

Writing for Fun (and Learning)

Creative Writing in Science Class

Recognize Students and Watch them Grow

Students Behave when Teachers Engage

Organize for Success in Hands-on Science

Students Can Do Hard Things

Digital Photoessays Exhibit, Apple Learning Interchange

Contact me:
Anthony Cody:  anthony_cody@hotmail.com

Follow me on twitter @anthonycody