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ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the premise that every child in America deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. We pursue our vision of educational equality in America by helping schools boost student learning with great teaching that is grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

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As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, our primary concern is helping ensure equitable opportunity for all students.

Working alongside schools, we’ve learned that great teaching is grounded in standards, data, and insights shared among educators. We believe a blog can help us make a difference by spreading the ideas and effective practices of educators we work with.

We’re proud of the expertise our team has built over our ten years, and we'll be featuring contributions from ANetters across the org on topics in which they’ve immersed themselves.

Help us spread opportunity for all students: please share posts that you find valuable with your colleagues. And please add your thoughts in the comments: we would love this blog to facilitate knowledge-sharing in all directions.

How I learned to love text-based planning

Becky Frutos

In this video, a 4th grade teacher from Fall Hamilton shares her perspective on what it was like to transition from a standards-based to text based approach to planning.

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Why leader learning matters

Sarah Tierney

As a school leader, you can get so focused on student learning that you overlook your own learning. But the instructional leadership team at MAS Charter School see a direct connection between leader learning and teachers’ and students’ achievement.

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Using data to help students and teachers

Becky Frutos

If you ask Mission Achievement and Success Charter School for the secret to success, you’ll likely hear “data.” But it’s not just about collecting data. It’s about using data to enhance teaching.

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White Street School jumps from turnaround to the highest status

Becky Frutos

After building strong structures around a teaching and learning cycle, White Street School jumped from “underperforming” at Level 4 to Level 1, the top category in Massachusetts state accountability system.

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An A+ school culture

Becky Frutos

In the minds of school leaders, culture ranks high on the list of priorities: creating a rock-solid community and ensuring everyone plays an active role in fostering the values and beliefs that serve as the anchor for the school. 

Principal JoAnn Myers accomplished just that.

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High expectations are a matter of equity

Becky Frutos

I remember vividly my middle school teacher gave us a word search as a final exam. Was this all he thought we could do?

As an adult, I’ve learned that if you set the bar too low for kids, they believe that’s all they’re capable of.

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Teachers drive their development at the Condon K-8 School

Becky Frutos

How do you make professional development more engaging and practical for teachers? Involve your teachers! At the Condon K-8 School in Boston, teachers design and facilitate their PD—and the impact on teacher investment and collaboration has been incredible.

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Let your students drive their learning

Becky Frutos

Tamara Johnson and the staff at University Prep have always focused on students. But recently, teachers and leaders have taken it to a whole new level. Throughout each lesson, teachers and leaders maintain a laser-like focus on what students say and do, and how they are progressing toward mastery of the learning goal. 

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Math teachers target aspects of rigor at Gerena

Becky Frutos

“Rigor” is on every math teacher’s mind these days, and for good reasons. Rigorous teaching is key to improving student learning. At German Gerena Community School, an ANet partner in Springfield, MA, Math ILS Lindsey Lindequist developed an innovative approach to analyzing interim data that promotes rigorous teaching. 

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