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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.

Everyone learns at St. John Paul II Academy—adults, too!

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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.

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Everyone learns at St. John Paul II Academy—adults, too!

Becky Frutos

Principal Tricia Menzhuber at St. John Paul II Academy in northeast Minneapolis is passionate about learning—and not just for students. 

“Tricia is always pushing herself and her staff to keep learning,” says Lindsey Hoy, Tricia’s ANet coach. “She positions herself as a learner alongside her teachers.” To foster a culture of learning, Tricia and Lindsey provide time and space for teachers to collaborate and hone their practice away from the pressure of evaluation. 

They started by co-facilitating professional development focused on the instructional priorities they’d set together: text complexity and text-dependent questions. “It’s not just about transferring knowledge,” Lindsey explains. “Teachers and leaders deepen their understanding of these strategies every time they engage with them, and leaders like Tricia keep the conversation open and focused on strengthening instruction.”

To ensure that their work leads to real change in the classroom, Tricia observes instruction and gives her teachers feedback grounded in the priorities. “Throughout it all, Tricia keeps the focus on learning—for everyone,” says Lindsey. “Her drive to keep learning and growing inspires her teachers to grow, too.”

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