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ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the premise that every child in America deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. We pursue our vision of educational equality in America by helping schools boost student learning with great teaching that is grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

ANet blog

As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, our primary concern is helping ensure equitable opportunity for all students.

Working alongside schools, we’ve learned that great teaching is grounded in standards, data, and insights shared among educators. We believe a blog can help us make a difference by spreading the ideas and effective practices of educators we work with.

We’re proud of the expertise our team has built over our ten years, and we'll be featuring contributions from ANetters across the org on topics in which they’ve immersed themselves.

Help us spread opportunity for all students: please share posts that you find valuable with your colleagues. And please add your thoughts in the comments: we would love this blog to facilitate knowledge-sharing in all directions.

Filtering by Category: Lessons From the Field

The power of questions

Jeff Odell

When someone asks you a question, the ball’s in your court. Your brain engages in a deeper, more active way than if information were being fed to you. Teachers take advantage of this phenomenon when they ask thoughtful questions.

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Rich discussions, better readers and writers

Jeff Odell

Discussion can act as a bridge between reading and writing for students. It can prompt them to articulate, refine, and build on their ideas; and listening to their peers can expand their thinking.

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Text quality matters for higher level understanding

Jeff Odell

If we want our students to be prepared for the reading, writing, and thinking they will do in the future, texts should be an essential component of what we think about when we sit down to create a lesson plan.

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Developmental coaching: Small steps toward big, aligned goals

Jeff Odell

With all the time, energy, and money devoted to teacher development these days, school leaders—and everybody concerned about education—want to be sure it’s actually paying off in the form of improved teaching and learning.

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Zooming in on the vertical progression in writing

Jeff Odell

You’d be hard-pressed to find a school that isn’t focused on improving student writing. And that’s not surprising—it takes a lot of practice to transfer thoughts into writing, and to do so in a clear, compelling way.

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“We’re in this together”: Setting the stage for powerful adult learning

Jeff Odell

Creating learning opportunities for students is at the heart of what it means to be a teacher. But too often, we forget that it’s equally important that learning opportunities extend to teachers and leaders, too.

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Creating a “culture of error” to accelerate progress

Jeff Odell

Teachers rely on student errors to help guide their instruction and tailor support to what students need most. But how do teachers and leaders can get that same information about their own performance so they can be proactive when it comes to development?

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Aligning professional development to instructional priorities

Jeff Odell

When schools commit to just one or two instructional priorities and use those priorities to determine their approach to professional development, teacher improvement becomes a continuous cycle of learning and teachers are able to gauge their improvement over time.

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Introducing ANet’s “Lessons From the Field”

Jeff Odell

After over ten years of working with hundreds of systems and schools across the country, we want to ensure that many of our best tools, resources, and organizational knowledge are shared beyond our partner schools and passed along to all educators

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Analyzing student work for actionable trends in literacy

Jeff Odell

Teachers and leaders are spending more time than ever focused on improving student writing. But in order to develop strong writers, we need to have a clear picture of our students as readers, too.

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