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.