Curriculum Leadership Development Network

Curriculum Leadership Development Network: 

Leveling Up Learning: School Transformation to Increase Instructional Rigor

Featuring Zaretta Hammond  




March 8, April, 5, May 10

8:30am-2:45 each day

Medinah Shrine Center

 550 N Shriners Drive

 Addison, IL  60101

Virtual Attendance also avaialble!  


TNTP’s Opportunity Myth report (2018), states that a serious barrier to improving student outcomes was the lack of grade level materials students could access. In addition to this barrier, there is a significant number of students who are not ready to take on more rigorous content.


In this series, participants will look at what it takes to translate one’s vision for more rigorous instruction into reality.  What does this require from the school’s leader and staff so new practices take root? 


Working alongside Zaretta, participants will work through the pedagogical and social shifts necessary for a school to become one that has a blueprint for helping every student find academic success regardless of zip code, racial, or linguistic background.


Session 1:  March 8, 2022, 8:30am – 2:45pm

Transforming Your School’s Instructional Culture Based on the Science of Learning


Session 2:  April 5, 2022, 8:30am – 2:45pm

Developing a Theory of Change and Set of Learning Progressions to Guide the Human Side of School Change


Session 3:  May 10, 2022, 8:30am – 2:45pm

Using Instructional Coaches and Teacher-Leaders as Learning Partners During the Messy Middle of the Process


No matter where your school may be on its understanding and use of culturally responsive practices, this 3-part series will provide school leaders and their teams the opportunity to examine their current practices and develop plans to launch in the 2022-23 school year. 


Watch Zaretta's Presentation with  at the San Francisco Public Library




Meet Zaretta Hammond  

Zaretta Hammond, M.A. is a national consultant and author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (Corwin, 2015). 

She is a former high school and community college expository writing instructor. For the past 20 years, she has supported schools and other institutions in deepening their understanding and application of culturally responsive practices. She currently runs the Culturally Responsive Education by Design Online PLC, a 6-month intensive, inquiry-based professional learning experience to build instructional capacity to use culturally responsive tools and practices effectively. Ms. Hammond is a strong literacy advocate and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Center for the Collaborative Classroom. She is a member of the advisory board for the Consortium for Reading Education (CORE).