I’ve been visiting California public schools all year, looking for the positives that help students, teachers, and schools to thrive. I’ve seen about 30 schools, drawn to each through a variety of avenues. Sometimes I know the teacher ahead of time. Sometimes I work through a principal first. Sometimes I’ve heard of the school, or I’m following up on a suggestion from a trusted source.
Today, I’m on a mission to investigate one of California’s best known teachers. Larry Ferlazzo is a high school social studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento. However, his national reputation comes from his prolific writing. He maintains multiple personal blogs – Websites of the Day, and Engaging Parents in School – and also writes Classroom Q&A for EdWeek Teacher. He has also written multiple books, and served on a statewide task force on excellence in teaching.
His incredible output of work, while teaching full-time, leads many observers to ask: can there really be only one Larry Ferlazzo? Spending today in his classroom, I will remain vigilant and alert readers to any evidence to support the multiplicity theory surrounding this renowned educator.