Coaching For Equity Coaching
Wednesdays - March 9, 16, 23, and 30th from 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Audience: Instructional Coaches/Mentors in the Cortland, Homer, McGraw and Marathon School Districts
Books will be provided by the Cortland County Teacher Center

Instructors: Becky Barstein and Nick Cains from the Bright Morning Team.
This four-week book club will provide you a foundation for understanding what it means to be a coach for equity.

With a balance of history, adult learning theory, coaching tools, and personal stories, Coaching for Equity, is grounded in the theories, practices, and direct experiences that will help you build knowledge of Transformational Coaching and begin to understand how to address, interrupt, and shift inequities when they arise.

Reading this book in community will allow you to connect with practitioners across a range of experiences and roles. You will have an opportunity to process learning together, make meaning from what you read, and identify next steps for your learning.

Register on My Learning Plan linked here.  This program is offered through Bright Morning for a fee. Do not register on the Bright Morning website. To participate for free, use the Teacher center link on My Learning Plan. The deadline to register through Cortland County Teacher Center is February 16th, 2022. 


The Writing Revolution  Writing Revolution
February 2nd - May 4th, 2022. Books provided by the Cortland County Teacher Center.
Audience: K-12 Teachers in the Cortland, Homer, McGraw, Marathon School Districts.
The Writing Revolution provides teachers with an evidence-based and proven instructional methodology.

This method enables students to master the skills that are essential if they are to become competent writers. In turn, those skills equip students to become better readers, to communicate more effectively in writing and speaking, and most importantly, to elevate their thinking. The Hochman Method is a set of specific writing strategies that teachers use in every grade and in all subjects, including ELA, social studies, science, world languages and math. Across the country, students are being held to higher, more rigorous standards. These standards provide a set of goals, but rarely provide a map showing teachers how to reach those goals. The Hochman Method is that map.

Read The Writing Revolution and learn how to help your students:

  • Write with structure, clarity and coherence
  • Uncover and address mistakes in interpretation
  • Boost reading comprehension
  • Improve organizational and study skills
  • Enhance speaking abilities
  • Develop analytical capabilities

Register on My Learning Plan Linked Here


Past Groups:
Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Successratchetdemic

Author Christopher Emdin

This study will review a model that encourages educators to provide spaces for students to display their academic brilliance without sacrificing their identities. Building on the ideas introduced in his New York Times best-selling book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood, Ratchetdemic advocates for a new kind of student identity-one that bridges the seemingly disparate worlds of the ivory tower and the urban classroom. Emdin argues that being "ratchetdemic,” or both ratchet and academic (like having rap battles about science, for example), can empower students to embrace themselves, their backgrounds, and their education as parts of a whole, not disparate identities. This means celebrating protest, disrupting the status quo, and reclaiming the genius of youth in the classroom.

Jon Keefner will facilitate this book study on Wednesday evenings-
October 20, 2021 through November 17, 2021 from 4:00-5:00 pm via zoom.
Up to 4 CTLE hours provided for participation.

Center For The Arts of Homer BuildingNYSTC map 2
72 S. Main Street, Homer NY 13077

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