Almost everyone in education, especially teachers and school leaders, understands the importance of high-quality interim assessments to guide effective instruction. The problem is: How do you know which ones are best?Read More
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At Mission Grammar School each week, every lead teacher receives, at minimum, a 15-minute instructional observation and a corresponding 30-minute coaching conversation. Teachers and students are reaping the rewards.Read More
Bringing data into the classroom is easier said than done. Here are the six stages I went through as I adjusted to data-driven instruction, expressed by some of my favorite TV/movie educators.Read More
Stanley Elementary School is known for their dedicated educators, who care deeply about students and are constantly developing their practice to meet the needs of their students. As first-year ANet partners, they’ve chosen instructional priorities that will align instruction with standards. In ELA specifically, they’re prioritizing complex text. In math, the focus is on the major work of the grade.Read More
Data from instructional assessments can give teachers and leaders powerful information that results in better, more targeted teaching and learning. But wouldn’t families benefit from learning about students’ strengths and areas of development, too?Read More
The Renaissance Charter School in Queens, NY is doing great work around complex text. When you walk into different classrooms throughout the school, you’ll see first-grade students charting their stamina for reading, fifth-grade students reading and crafting their own memoirs, and sixth-grade students diving deep into texts and sharing their understanding with their classmates.Read More
Evelyn Ruiz has been the principal of the Harry Sharp Family School for the past 13 years. As a first-year ANet partner, Mrs. Ruiz and her leadership team chose to focus on instructional priorities that will lead to Common Core alignment and instructional change.
Their key to success: professional development.Read More
“I want to hear every teacher say that this was the year they learned and improved the most.”
This is Leo Watson’s blue-sky vision for teacher development this year.Read More
Most educators agree that assessments shouldn’t be a “departure from instruction” but, rather, an “integral part of it.” They’re on board with changing the conversation around assessments from student scores to what students have learned, and many agree that teachers should take the assessment.
However, in light of the ever-increasing demands on the time of teachers and leaders, the questions become when can this work be done? And, is this work truly worth it?
Among the twelve schools in the Boston Public Schools system to achieve Level 1 status this year was Mildred Avenue K–8 School, which rose to the top for meeting assessment targets. Remarkably, Mildred Avenue progressed to level one from the first percentile—the only school in Massachusetts to do so over the last five years.Read More
In this post, we want to share a case study of two Chicago teachers’ approach to using the open-source materials offered by the Vermont Writing Collaborative.Read More
Getting your hands on high-quality materials is a critical first step, but it’s how you use those materials to thoughtfully prepare and strategically plan your instruction that matters most for student learningRead More
An email from CEO Mora Segal to the ANet team.
Tyree King. Keith Lamont Scott. Terrence Crutcher.
My heart is heavy at the start of this work day as we’re faced, yet again, with the brutal consequences of racism in America. At least 214 black people killed by police in 2016. I will be honest in saying that I find myself, again, at a loss for words, and struggling with so many questions about what to do.
As I grapple with how to make sense of senselessness, my mind keeps wandering back to an interaction I observed last week.
I was in DC and got to sit in on a coaching interaction with a charter school. At one point, there was a knock on the door. It was a 6th grade girl who looked at the five adults in the room with surprise and immediate shyness. The director of curriculum and instruction said, “Serena! Don’t worry about us, how can I help you?” Serena [name changed to respect confidentiality] asked if she could borrow another book from the instructional leader’s overflowing shelves of options. “You finished the last one already?” the leader asked her with surprised delight. Serena nodded with an ear-to-ear grin.
After Serena picked out a thick book and proudly shared its title with us, she thanked the leader and left. The leader smiled at all of us, put her hand to her heart, and explained that she had Serena when she was in 2nd grade. Back then, her literacy skills were two grade levels behind where they needed to be, and she would not willingly pick up a book. As of this past year, she is now reading at grade level; and she’s shown up at this leader’s door two times in four days because she just loves to read.
As this interaction with Serena unfolded, I found myself thinking, “THIS is what we are in this for.”
I share this story with you all not to change the subject or to sugar coat the current circumstances. I share it with you because it’s what’s giving me energy this morning to show up and do what I can to support as many stories like Serena’s as possible. This morning she is my hope, and you all—doing all the hard work you do to support her and her peers—are my inspiration.
We’ve all been there: You’re scrambling to prepare a lesson and you think, "Why reinvent the wheel? Let’s check the interwebs." You google your topic and…28,000,000 results pop up. How on Earth do you decide what might be worth using with your students?Read More
Teachers at The Mozart Elementary School, a BPS school in Roslindale, were thrilled to see significant improvements in student writing last school year. Students were grasping the key understandings in text and structuring responses that addressed all parts of each writing prompt.Read More