Zaretta Hammond

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Location Amphitheater

Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250.

Zaretta Hammond is a former classroom English teacher who has been doing instructional design, school coaching, and professional development around the issues of equity, literacy, and culturally responsive teaching for nearly two decades — critical work within public education which she will discuss in her first visit to Chautauqua.

Hammond is the author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, in which she draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to offer educators an innovative approach for designing and implementing culturally responsive instruction grounded in the science of learning. In the past, she has been on staff at education reform organizations, such as the National Equity Project and has taught in the teacher preparation program at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

As a consultant, she works widely with school districts, charter school organizations, regional education service agencies, and coaching organizations across the country on ways to support students to accelerate their own learning through a responsive social-emotional learning model. In addition to consulting, Hammond is involved in a number of working groups and foundation advisory committees focused on understanding the science of learning through an equity lens. 

Along with a deep interest in culturally responsive teaching, Hammond has a strong research agenda around equity-focused literacy, vocabulary development, and writing development across disciplines. Hammond currents sits on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Collaborative Classroom, a national literacy provider. She shares research and observations from the field on her blog blog. 

Hammond attended the University of California, Berkeley, as an undergrad, before completing her degree at New York University. She earned a Masters in Secondary English Education with a concentration in Writing Instruction at the University of Colorado, Boulder.