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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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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: curriculum

“We are never done”: Building a culture of success at Urban Scholars

Becky Frutos

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%.

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Differentiated coaching creates steady growth at Denison Elementary

Becky Frutos

Student achievement at Denison Elementary School has been rising for years. They’re one of the top schools for academic growth in Cleveland. According to their ANet coach, it’s all about targeted support—for leaders, for teachers, and for students.

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An unaligned assessment strategy can undermine quality curriculum.

Jeff Odell

Many districts are investing heavily in curriculum to improve teaching and learning. But you’ll only get so far if you only pay attention to curriculum, because assessments can actively work against a good curriculum. ANet helped LDOE grapple with this dilemma.

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How one district saved time and boosted teaching with curriculum-embedded assessments

Jeff Odell

Teachers at Allen Parish Schools, in Louisiana, felt harried and frustrated by testing until ANet helped district leaders realize they had a tool to save time and inform their teaching hiding in plain sight—curriculum-embedded assessments.

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The Wild West of open literacy resources: 3. Quality and reflection matter

Becky Frutos

In this post, we want to share a case study of two Chicago teachers’ approach to using the open-source materials offered by the Vermont Writing Collaborative.  

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The Wild West of open literacy resources: 1. Quality matters

Jeff Odell

We’ve all been there: You’re scrambling to prepare a lesson and you think, "Why reinvent the wheel? Let’s check the interwebs." You google your topic and…28,000,000 results pop up. How on Earth do you decide what might be worth using with your students?

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Zooming in on the vertical progression in writing

Jeff Odell

You’d be hard-pressed to find a school that isn’t focused on improving student writing. And that’s not surprising—it takes a lot of practice to transfer thoughts into writing, and to do so in a clear, compelling way.

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Is that lesson delicious? Why a curriculum is like a cookbook

Jeff Odell

Good recipes don’t always turn out tasty. The same holds true of teaching: a good curriculum doesn’t necessarily lead to great instruction. Like that pecan pie, a curriculum needs to be studied, practiced, and adapted.

In order to empower teachers to use a new curriculum effectively, school leaders should set aside time to help their teachers do three things.

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The Common Core: A challenge, yes. But also an opportunity.

Jeff Odell

The Common Core is big; it’s complicated; it’s imperfect; and educators understandably worry about the changes it might require to their practice.

But we see the Common Core transition as an opportunity that we should embrace.

Download our white paper on transitioning to the Common Core for guiding principles, best practices, and case studies.

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