The leaders at Urban Scholars committed to shifting the school’s culture. Now, teachers are getting the support they need and students are learning and growing. Test scores are on the rise: math scores are up by 8%, and ELA by 13%.Read More
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Bessemer Academy jumped up a rating for the first time since 2012. They were one of only five schools in the district to move off of turnaround. The big secret: a positive attitude.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
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
A classroom culture that values discussion encourages students to take ownership of their learning. Discussion engages students and allows for real-time feedback, which can ultimately deepen their understanding of math content. In this video you’ll see some of fifth-grade teacher Carina Pruitt’s strategies for building an effective culture of student discussion in her classroom.Read More
In this two-minute video, an eighth-grade math teacher talks about the value of sharing different strategies, how she fosters meta-cognition, and what she does to prep for student sharing.
Chicago teacher Corey Moore talks about the value of peer-to-peer collaboration—for students and teachers. (1-minute video)Read More
The best school years that I had as a teacher all began the same way—focusing on teaching content while ensuring that the systems and routines complemented the learning.Read More