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
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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
Refine your assessment strategy: 4 benefits of reducing testing and refocusing on teaching [Infographic]
Despite widespread dissatisfaction with too much testing, district leaders often feel powerless to change their situation. Fortunately, there are actions they can take. Check out this infographic to see the impact our partners made.Read More
Despite widespread dissatisfaction with too much testing, district leaders often feel powerless to change their situation. Fortunately, there are actions they can take. Check out this infographic to get a sense of the process outlined in our new white paper.Read More
We are excited to release our new white paper on refining system-level assessment strategy. You’ll learn the steps of the process and understand some key insights that can help you get the most out of your assessment strategy efforts.Read More
Conceptual understanding is one of three aspects of rigor outlined by the Common Core. It calls for instruction that introduces mathematical concepts, emphasizes sense-making over answer-getting, and builds and refines students’ mathematical schema.Read More
Rigor in math teaching means focusing with equal intensity on students’ conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and ability to apply what they know to real-world, problem-solving situations. Rigor doesn’t just mean “harder” or “more difficult.”Read More
A focus question is a text-dependent question that sets a succinct purpose for instruction. It outlines what students should be able to answer in writing as a culminating task and will shape the lesson, or series of lessons, to get students to that point.Read More
Scaffolding instruction means using temporary supports to move students along the path of learning. Scaffolds, as the metaphor suggests, are removed over time as students become more proficient.Read More
Some of the excellent math and ELA curricula now available include curriculum-embedded assessments. Where do these fit into your assessment strategy? Can they replace the array of assessments you use now?Read More
Educational equity is when educators provide all students with high-quality instruction and support they need to reach and exceed a common standard.Read More