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Monica Washington

BetterLesson Instructional Coach

Monica Washington is the Senior Manager of Inclusive and Responsive Educational Practices and an instructional coach for BetterLesson. She is passionate about creating equitable and inclusive school environments that celebrate teacher and student voice. She holds leadership roles in a number of national education associations. Monica is the 2014 Texas Teacher of the Year.

June 29, 2022

Modernizing Principal Support: The Road to More Connected and Effective Leaders

Explore how principals can accelerate student learning through instructional leadership focused on increasing educator capacity in a webinar hosted by BetterLesson and Edweek....
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Monica Washington January 25, 2022

Creating Meaningful Spaces for Classroom Community

Adding just three types of spaces to lessons is a great way to ensure that there are community building aspects woven into the school day....
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January 19, 2022

BetterLesson Live | Fostering Students’ Well-Being by Cultivating Classroom Community

Explore concrete strategies to build classroom communities that improve students' well-being....
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December 22, 2021

BetterLesson Live | 3 Pillars of Teacher Retention and Sustainable Growth

Watch simple leadership strategies that prove effective in supporting the retention and recruitment of teachers....
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Monica Washington November 23, 2021

Time to Build Morale: Five Ways that Time Can Support Teachers’ Well-Being

Explore thoughtful leadership strategies that provide time for teachers to reflect, connect, and celebrate growth....
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November 15, 2021

BetterLesson Live | Leadership Strategies to Boost Teacher Morale

Learn systems and strategies for education leaders to implement in schools that boost teacher morale in a genuine way....
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Monica Washington January 22, 2019

Three Words that Turn Instructional Coaches into Allies: Show. Don’t. Tell.

The three words, Show. Don’t. Tell. represent what great instructional coaches can do to help teachers see positive change in the classroom....
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Afrika Afeni Mills, Monica Washington April 4, 2018

Required Reading Reconsidered

Read strategies for diversifying reading across the curriculum. ...
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Monica Washington November 27, 2017

Your Gift to New Teachers is to Help Them Navigate the Holiday Hustle

As we approach the first extended break, why not initiate a check-in with new teachers that can provide exactly what they need (but likely won't ask for)?...
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