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
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Filtering by Category: School Success Stories
Here are two instructional practices Liberty teachers use to ensure the school’s youngest students become confident, lifelong readers.Read More
If you ask Mission Achievement and Success Charter School for the secret to success, you’ll likely hear “data.” But it’s not just about collecting data. It’s about using data to enhance teaching.Read More
After building strong structures around a teaching and learning cycle, White Street School jumped from “underperforming” at Level 4 to Level 1, the top category in Massachusetts state accountability system.Read More
Anyone would feel overwhelmed trying to take on several new priorities at once. Once Chrissie and her leadership team focused on just one instructional priority, they started to notice a marked difference.Read More
In the minds of school leaders, culture ranks high on the list of priorities: creating a rock-solid community and ensuring everyone plays an active role in fostering the values and beliefs that serve as the anchor for the school.
Principal JoAnn Myers accomplished just that.Read More
How do you make professional development more engaging and practical for teachers? Involve your teachers! At the Condon K-8 School in Boston, teachers design and facilitate their PD—and the impact on teacher investment and collaboration has been incredible.Read More
Tamara Johnson and the staff at University Prep have always focused on students. But recently, teachers and leaders have taken it to a whole new level. Throughout each lesson, teachers and leaders maintain a laser-like focus on what students say and do, and how they are progressing toward mastery of the learning goal.Read More
“Rigor” is on every math teacher’s mind these days, and for good reasons. Rigorous teaching is key to improving student learning. At German Gerena Community School, an ANet partner in Springfield, MA, Math ILS Lindsey Lindequist developed an innovative approach to analyzing interim data that promotes rigorous teaching.Read More
As educators, we know the value of group learning for our students. So why not apply the same principle to our own learning? Principal Sandra Alvarez and her team at Bradford Elementary, a first-year ANet partner in Pueblo, CO, exemplify the idea of learning together.Read More
At Mission Grammar School each week, every lead teacher receives, at minimum, a 15-minute instructional observation and a corresponding 30-minute coaching conversation. Teachers and students are reaping the rewards.Read More
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
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
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