Beth Pandolpho

Beth Pandolpho is an instructional coach at the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey. She has taught English at the high school and college level for more than 20 years.

At the college level, Beth instructed courses in remedial reading and freshman English and created a hybrid online course for remedial reading.

Beth trained at the Moth Teacher Institute and then taught a summer social justice series to high school students in her community, giving her students a platform to speak about issues to tell their stories. Her mission as an educator is to raise students’ voices by offering them authentic school experiences that mirror their real-life passions.

Beth believes that the repeated practice necessary to improve literacy skills requires vulnerability that must be bolstered by strong teacher-student relationships. She also thinks that for students to improve as readers, writers, speakers and listeners, they need to feel accepted so they can advance at their own pace with support and without judgment. She firmly believes that teachers who learn to plan academically challenging learning experiences that nurture relationships and foster belonging can powerfully impact student achievement.

She has written for Education Week, Educational Leadership, and The New York Times Learning Network and is a frequent contributor to Edutopia. Beth’s first book with Solution Tree is I’m Listening: How Teacher-Student Relationships Improve Writing, Speaking, and Listening.

Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature at the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in reading at Adelphi University, and a supervisor certification for curriculum and instruction at Rutgers University.

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  1. I'm Listening: How Teacher-Student Relationships Improve Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

    I’m listening: How teacher-student relationships improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening debunks the misconception that a teacher can’t offer grades 6-12 students both academic rigour and emotional support. While sharing activities grounded in social-emotional research, author Beth Pandolpho reveals how listening to students’ voices enables them to practice crucial literacy skills and simultaneously build positive, trust-based teacher-student relationships. She guides readers as they foster an environment that is personally welcoming and educationally ambitious. Creating such a caring, engaging classroom provides students the support they need to develop social-emotional skills and to persevere through difficult and demanding coursework.

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