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Cassandra Barnes

Cassandra Barnes (OR '04)


Sojourner School
Milwaukie, OR

Subject(s) taught: Mathematics, Reading, Science
Grade(s): 4, 5

At the time of the Award, Cassandra Barnes was:

Oregon Trail Elementary School
Clackamas, OR

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 2, 3

Biographical Information

Anyone who visits fourth and fifth-grade teacher Cassandra Barnes's classroom at Sojourner School in Milwaukie will see students actively engaged in their learning. Mrs. Barnes employs an inquiry-based methodology in which students collaborate on various projects. Her students learn to question themselves and each other, developing a growth mindset about their learning through experiencing disequilibrium and challenge. She currently works with other teachers in her district to develop effective professional learning communities and with teachers statewide as part of a Networked Improvement Community focused on Quality Assessment Practices.