What targeted change can school leaders make to help ELA teachers—even those with two decades of classroom experience—transform their practice? At Admiral King Elementary in Lorain, Ohio, the answer is text complexity.Read More
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For two principals at New Paradigm for Education schools, data isn’t just a tool for accountability: it’s a compass that guides them throughout every stage of planning, instruction, and reflection. How do these leaders apply data as a year-round instructional driver instead of just a year-end report card?Read More
When Annie began working with six schools in Detroit, she saw six schools all working on similar instructional priorities. She organized regular meetings that brought ANet coaches and the district team together.Read More
The leaders at Urban Scholars committed to shifting the school’s culture. Now, teachers are getting the support they need and students are learning and growing. Test scores are on the rise: math scores are up by 8%, and ELA by 13%.Read More
District leaders returned home from Standards Institute inspired to implement some of what they learned. Sharing their enthusiasm was easy, but passing on the knowledge and understanding they gained felt like a monumental task. For support, they turned to ANet to create customized PD for their teams this summer.Read More
Increased student engagement means fewer behavior issues. At Making Waves Academy, teachers see fewer behavior issues and higher engagement in math. This positive impact results from three commitments every educator made.Read More
High-quality coaching an equal, transparent partnership for leaders who would otherwise face new challenges alone. Coaches provide curriculum guidance, assessment preparation, staff evaluation, data analysis, and professional development. These can improve instruction and raise test scores.Read More
Student achievement at Denison Elementary School has been rising for years. They’re one of the top schools for academic growth in Cleveland. According to their ANet coach, it’s all about targeted support—for leaders, for teachers, and for students.Read More
Principal Gail Withers was ready for change. She told her ANet coach: I want to craft a strategic plan that pushes my students to achieve their best outcomes. Building on Principal Withers’ deep knowledge of her school, her coach worked with her to craft a plan that would turn evidence to action.Read More
Students first. Growth mindset. Always learning. Innovative thinking. Collaboration. Strong relationship building. These are the key elements that propel the work that is garnering results for student achievement at Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City, Maryland.Read More
Craig’s goals for his school are bigger than his team: just eleven teachers and no assistant principal. How did such a small team manage to improve the school’s test scores by a whopping 4.2%—one of the largest positive percentage changes in New York City?Read More
Renaissance School of the Arts has a simple but ambitious goal: By June 2019, proficiency rates in both ELA and Mathematics will increase by 20%. They homed in on two obstacles: teachers faced too many competing priorities, and classroom instruction was not always standards-aligned.Read More
Discussion is a necessary piece of learning to fully understand, challenge, and support one's ideas and evidence. Learn how University Prep Academy’s teachers got more students speaking up in class than ever before!Read More
Simply stated, text complexity is how easy or hard a text is to read, based on quantitative and qualitative text features. Learn more about how to measure text complexity.Read More
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