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Teaching & Learning at ARISE

Our mission is to empower our students with the knowledge, skills, and agency to be leaders in Oakland. We provide a small school environment where we pride ourselves in every student having at least one adult who knows them well and supports them on their educational journey. At ARISE, education is not just about how well you do on a test. We are a small school that emphasizes knowledge of self, society, and history within a highly personalized supportive environment. ARISE is committed to building and maintaining healthy communities by providing families, many of which are first-generation college bound, access to college and careers in Education, Community Social Services, Community Justice, and Public Health (see our Graduate Profile.


To support ARISE’s mission to empower ourselves with the skills, knowledge, and agency to become highly educated, humanizing, critically conscious, intellectual, and reflective leaders in our community we have 4 key mediators: Coaching, Teacher Leadership, Critical Inquiry Groups (CIG), and Professional Development.


Coaching: We believe that excellent classroom instruction, school operations, and a culture of adult professionalism are the most important element of our success and the realization of our Mission and Vision at ARISE. We believe that a coach’s purpose is to support teachers and staff through their instructional growth. In order to do this, they must build relationships that foster trust. They must create a climate for growth and provide a safe space in which adults can be honest and vulnerable. Coaches at ARISE communicate openly and consistently about expectations, deadlines, schedules, etc. Support teachers in meeting deadlines around instructional agreements including: completing lesson plans, unit plans, and Performance Assessments, PowerSchool, grades, etc. Coaches approach the coaching experience with a growth mindset and willingness to adapt to teacher needs.


Team Freire: Team Freire is our instructional leadership team at ARISE. It consists of the Head of School, the Deans of Instruction, and four teachers from different disciplines. Team Freire is responsible for designing, planning, and leading professional development at ARISE, including ensuring PD is aligned to both our Mission and Vision and our school goals. Team Freire will meet on a regular basis to monitor teaching and learning in classrooms in order to continually reflect and revise professional development.


Team hooks: Team hooks is the culture and climate leadership team at ARISE. It consists of the Head of School, the Dean of Students, and grade level leads. Team hooks is responsible for evaluating, planning, & leading the culture and climate structures at ARISE, including ensuring our work is aligned to our Mission and Vision and our school goals . Team hooks will meet on a regular basis to monitor culture and climate at ARISE  to continually reflect and revise school-wide initiatives.


Leaders Circle: The vision for the Leaders Circle is to mobilize the development of students, department leads, and supporting roles (administrators, parent organizer, school counselor) to plan and develop school-wide PD, strategic planning, and school-wide initiatives.


Critical Inquiry Groups: ARISE High School’s teacher leaders co-create a Professional Development (PD) system that is fully centered on the teacher. As teacher leaders, they are developing and leading a process of professional learning communities that we call Critical Inquiry Groups (CIG).

In CIG, teachers form small groups that work together over two half-year cycles in a collaborative process that focuses on building the strategies and tools of quality teaching as a group. This is a process of identifying challenges, collecting evidence, researching strategies, testing solutions, and providing group feedback.


Professional Development at ARISE: We are always being, but also in process of becoming. ARISE believes that what lies at the heart of student achievement are teachers who are highly skilled at their craft. As such, Professional Development holds great value and importance at ARISE. While the Roots of the ARISE Educator is the framework by which teacher development centers around, there are 5 central structures by which ARISE mediates that development:

  • 1 on 1 coaching and formative evaluations of teaching
  • Critical Inquiry Groups (CIG)
  • Whole Crew professional development
  • Department meetings
  • Academic Familia (grade level teams)
  • Advisory Familia (advisory teams)



This page includes the resources for ARISE teachers that act as anchors to our pedagogy and educational philosophy.



ARISE Scope & Sequence -DRAFT4

Curriculum Plan Template_example

Curriculum Plan Template_blank

Lesson Plan template-2013-2014

Learning Target Template

Classroom Cohesion Template

Pacing Plan Template

Cultivating the Warm Demander

Strategies for practicing your Warm Demander



Understanding By Design – Chapter 1

Understanding By Design – Chapter 3

Understanding By Design – Chapter 7

Classroom Assessment for Learning – Ch 3

Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete_Andrade


Ware.Franita_Warm demander

When Teachers Face Themselves With or Without Understanding by Martin Haberman

Brown – Culturally Responsive Class Management


Changing the Discourse in Schools_article



Leonardo and Porter_PedagogyofFear