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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.

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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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Filtering by Tag: Common Core

Behind BEES’ Big Boost

Becky Frutos

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?

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Math teachers target aspects of rigor at Gerena

Becky Frutos

“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. 

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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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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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Building teacher capacity at DCIS at Ford

Jeff Odell

We’re proud of the good work going on in our partner schools, and our contributions to it. With an eye to building teacher capacity, the administrative team at DCIS at Ford is focusing teacher learning for 2015–16 year on deepening educators’ understanding of the Common Core standards and what it will take for every student to master grade level content. 

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Text-based approach to planning close reading

Jeff Odell

One of the most powerful lessons we’ve learned through our work with schools is the importance of doing the work we ask our students to do. Nothing helps us anticipate misunderstandings or understand the strategic support our students will need as much as stepping into their shoes, and doing the reading, writing, and thinking they will do as part of upcoming instruction.

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Moving from “unpacking” to “understanding” math standards

Jeff Odell

While it can be helpful to “unpack” a math standard into the knowledge, skills, and understanding students need in order to demonstrate mastery, we’ve learned we can’t stop there. We also need to tease out the connections between all the parts of the standard we've unpacked to understand how they work together to deepen students’ understanding and skills. 

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Connecting math concepts across grades

Jeff Odell

Nothing students learn in math class is entirely new. Everything’s connected—the challenge is to make sure teachers and students experience math in that way, too.

To help you do that we’ve created guides for four domains within elementary and middle school mathematics. Because if teachers and leaders can see how the standards connect, our students are more likely to, as well.

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The importance of standards for equal educational opportunity

Jeff Odell

Meredith Liben, director of literacy and English language arts at Student Achievement Partners talks about the Common Core Literacy State Standards as a tool for ensuring equally high expectations for all students. [2:27 video]

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Shifting to text-based planning brings exciting results

Jeff Odell

The Common Core standards clearly advocate placing texts front and center in planning and instruction. For many schools, transitioning to this approach in ELA has required a significant shift. 

Watch as leaders and teachers from Garfield Elementary School in Revere, Massachusetts share their experience making this shift. Their enthusiasm is palpable.

Ready to try this approach in your classroom? Here are resources to begin text based planning, and here is a quick refresher on focus questions.


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