Palo Alto Teacher Finds Engagement Across California's Public Schools

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Children are pictured as they attend a lesson in a classroom of a primary school on January 28, 2016. (Photo: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images)

It's clear to parents and students alike that good teaching matters, but debates continue to rage over which policies and practices work best in the classroom. Veteran Palo Alto teacher David Cohen has visited classrooms across the state to witness firsthand how over 75 teachers are engaging their students, from mindful breathing exercises between lessons to partnerships with children in Haiti to foster dialogue around earthquakes. We'll talk with Cohen about the innovation he saw and hear from some of the teachers he met about how they inspire students. And we want your stories: Teachers, students and parents -- what do you think sparks learning in the classroom?


David B. Cohen, English teacher, Palo Alto High School; author, "Capturing the Spark: Inspired Teachers, Thriving Schools"