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.Read More
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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.Read More
Last year, educators joined us at Common Core Boot Camp. They enjoyed learning together, collaborating, and pushing each other’s thinking on standards-aligned practices. Here are 5 reasons why you should attend this summer!Read More
ANet CEO Mora Segal appeared on The Education Conversation with Ryan Knight, a podcast about how individuals and organizations create change in education. Listen to the podcast!Read More
Anyone would feel overwhelmed trying to take on several new priorities at once. Once Chrissie and her leadership team focused on just one instructional priority, they started to notice a marked difference.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Think about it. What do we celebrate? Things that matter most to us: birthdays, holidays, and relationship milestones. But data doesn’t matter most to us; students do.Read More
The realization was so clear. I couldn’t believe I missed it before: In this analysis meeting, we were celebrating data—numbers—and not celebrating the students or work that produced the data.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More
As educators, we know the value of group learning for our students. So why not apply the same principle to our own learning? Principal Sandra Alvarez and her team at Bradford Elementary, a first-year ANet partner in Pueblo, CO, exemplify the idea of learning together.Read More
It’s been over five years since I had the great fortune of joining ANet, and I thought I’d share a bit about our progress, motivated by all that feels at stake in educating our next generation.Read More
It’s easy to pick up on the feeling of optimism at DC’s Savoy Elementary.
Since the start of this year, teachers and leaders have focused on enhancing writing instruction, with particular attention to students’ ability to respond to writing prompts. And there are already promising signs of strong achievement growth.