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
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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