About Capturing the Spark

Throughout California, there are inspirational teachers – wise, creative, insightful and dedicated educators always focused on improving their ability to help kids learn and grow. Capturing the Spark introduces readers to dozens of these teachers from a wide variety of schools all over the state, revealing what it takes to ignite – and sustain – inspired teaching and thriving schools.

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“Save the obituaries -- the teaching profession lives on. While much maligned and constrained, teachers still manage to find the spark within themselves and share it with their students, as David Cohen reveals in this chronicle of the 21st century California classroom. An uplifting read!”

Anthony Cody
Co-Founder, Network for Public Education
Author, The Educator and the Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges the Gates Foundation

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Author David B. Cohen

David B. Cohen is a National Board Certified English Teacher, currently on the staff of Palo Alto High School teaching 10th and 11th grade English classes. David helped launch, and for several years co-directed a teacher leadership network called Accomplished California Teachers (ACT). That experience gave him opportunities to learn about and work with teachers from all over California. Having worked with a variety of other networks and organizations, and having built relationships with individuals and groups throughout California, David spent the 2014-15 school year traveling around the state to create Capturing the Spark. 
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