Joshua Faden is the founder and president of Community of Teachers, an education consulting company with a mission to raise the confidence of students so they become excited and effective lifelong learners. Community of Teachers offers students one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction, and mentoring. Joshua believes that behind every student there is a community of parents, caretakers, teachers, and professionals who help foster the growth and success of all students. To make sure each student’s community is strong, Joshua facilitates trainings and provides technical assistance and consultation to teachers and parents.
Joshua has more than 15 years experience as an educator in various capacities. Before founding Community of Teachers, Joshua taught third grade in the District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) System. As a classroom teacher, Joshua emphasized building meaningful, collaborative, and lasting relationships with his students and their families. Several of his students still send him updates— many years later.
Prior to his work in DCPS, Joshua volunteered in a life’s skills/multiple disabilities classroom at Wissahickon High School in Pennsylvania. He also worked with special needs students in Costa Rica, and helped the teachers of the special needs school to start a nonprofit in Costa Rica that connects students with wheelchairs and other assistive devices that help to make learning more accessible. Additionally, Joshua has taught English as a volunteer in Peru and Morocco to everyone from underserved youth, to domestic workers, to adult professionals looking to learn a second (or sometimes third or even fourth) language. Recently, Joshua co-developed and co-delivered trainings for teachers in China on best practices for student-centered teaching and incorporating the principles of differentiation into the classroom.
Joshua has a Master’s degree in the art of teaching from Trinity University in Washington, DC. He is currently in the final stages of completing a book on the stories of his students and their journeys of becoming confident learners.