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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: achievement gap

High expectations are a matter of equity

Becky Frutos

I remember vividly my middle school teacher gave us a word search as a final exam. Was this all he thought we could do?

As an adult, I’ve learned that if you set the bar too low for kids, they believe that’s all they’re capable of.

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The Mildred Avenue K - 8 School rises from Level 3 to Level 1

Becky Frutos

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.

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Local ties aid best-practice sharing at Detroit gathering

Jeff Odell

Our network of over 500 schools is a powerful resource for identifying and spreading best practices. One of the ways we leverage it is by bringing educators together for professional development or roundtable discussions, like an unusual recent gathering of senior administrators at the Skillman Foundation in Detroit.

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As if we needed another reason to close the achievement gap

Jeff Odell

We believe that addressing the achievement gap is primarily a moral issue. It's about what kind of society we want to live in, what kind of future we want for our country's kids.

But a new study highlights a more prosaic justification for working to make education more equitable: boosting economic growth.

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Strong School-Based Professional Development that Leads to Impact

Jeff Odell

Chicago’s Alain Locke School is the top performing K-8 charter school in Illinois and was named one of seven schools in the U.S. “Best Closing the Achievement Gap” by the U.S. Department of Education.

What’s the secret sauce leading to Alain Locke’s success? A standout practice is a commitment to ongoing, focused and actionable professional development.

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