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?Read More
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Renaissance School of the Arts has a simple but ambitious goal: By June 2019, proficiency rates in both ELA and Mathematics will increase by 20%. They homed in on two obstacles: teachers faced too many competing priorities, and classroom instruction was not always standards-aligned.Read More
Hyde Leadership Charter School-Brooklyn showed impressive academic growth for third through fifth-grade students—14% growth in math and 10% growth in ELA—on the 2017-2018 New York State exams.Read More
Bruce Randolph jumped two school ratings and students’ test scores improved rapidly after the leadership team experienced a wake-up call that shifted the entire school’s focus to instruction.Read More
A focus question is a text-dependent question that sets a succinct purpose for instruction. It outlines what students should be able to answer in writing as a culminating task and will shape the lesson, or series of lessons, to get students to that point.Read More
Springfield Public Day Middle School kicked off the year by putting their instructional priorities front and center—and making sure teachers and leaders are aligned in pursuing them.Read More
Anyone would feel overwhelmed trying to take on several new priorities at once. Once Chrissie and her leadership team focused on just one instructional priority, they started to notice a marked difference.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
Stanley Elementary School is known for their dedicated educators, who care deeply about students and are constantly developing their practice to meet the needs of their students. As first-year ANet partners, they’ve chosen instructional priorities that will align instruction with standards. In ELA specifically, they’re prioritizing complex text. In math, the focus is on the major work of the grade.Read More
The Renaissance Charter School in Queens, NY is doing great work around complex text. When you walk into different classrooms throughout the school, you’ll see first-grade students charting their stamina for reading, fifth-grade students reading and crafting their own memoirs, and sixth-grade students diving deep into texts and sharing their understanding with their classmates.Read More
For educators, there’s always too much to do, so many balls to keep in the air. But when it comes to fostering instructional change, choosing just one or two priorities to focus on can make a huge difference.Read More