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Many districts are investing heavily in curriculum to improve teaching and learning. But you’ll only get so far if you only pay attention to curriculum, because assessments can actively work against a good curriculum. ANet helped LDOE grapple with this dilemma.Read More
Teachers and leaders from across the country, including seven from Lawrence Public Schools, attended UnboundED’s Standards Institute. For two teachers in particular, it was a professional development experience that didn’t just increase their knowledge: it helped them reframe high expectations as an issue of educational equity.Read More
Principal Tricia Menzhuber at St. John Paul II Academy in northeast Minneapolis is passionate about learning—and not just for students.Read More
Today, Angela’s on her way to visit Raleigh-Egypt Middle/High School. She’s built close relationships with many educators in the building over the past two years she’s coached them. Together, they’ve faced challenges and shared many successes. Among the successes—last year, Raleigh-Egypt jumped from a level 1 rating to a level 5.Read More
Twin Oaks Elementary recently adopted a new, high-quality curriculum. Switching curricula can feel stressful and overwhelming for teachers, but the process has gone smoothly thanks to the hands-on support of the school leaders.Read More
Leaders at Paul A. Dever Elementary School, in Boston, are preparing themselves for a future in which its teachers assume leadership roles.Read More
Most educators mean well, but racist structures oppress students despite the good intentions of individuals. Low expectations based on unconscious biases harm students generation after generation.Read More
Teachers at Allen Parish Schools, in Louisiana, felt harried and frustrated by testing until ANet helped district leaders realize they had a tool to save time and inform their teaching hiding in plain sight—curriculum-embedded assessments.Read More
Schools that get breakthrough results have one thing in common: they expect students to do most of the work themselves. Here are five ways to encourage productive struggle.Read More
DuBois Elementary School of Entrepreneurship in Memphis earned the distinction of being a “reward” school in Tennessee. Reward status is the top honor a school can receive in the state.Read More
Hyde Leadership Charter School-Brooklyn showed impressive academic growth for third through fifth-grade students—14% growth in math and 10% growth in ELA—on the 2017-2018 New York State exams.Read More
Bessemer Academy jumped up a rating for the first time since 2012. They were one of only five schools in the district to move off of turnaround. The big secret: a positive attitude.Read More
Teachers at Mary Walsh Elementary School use qualitative data to differentiate instruction for students. In this video, a 3rd grade teacher explains her system and how she adapts her lessons. Then, watch her speak to students in her classroom to gauge their needs!Read More
Bruce Randolph jumped two school ratings and students’ test scores improved rapidly after the leadership team experienced a wake-up call that shifted the entire school’s focus to instruction.Read More