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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: high expectations

“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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A case for rich math tasks: Equity for students

Becky Frutos

In an interview with ANet, Kimberly Phillips, principal of University Prep Science and Math Elementary, describes how her school creates equity through rich math tasks.

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An A+ school culture

Becky Frutos

In the minds of school leaders, culture ranks high on the list of priorities: creating a rock-solid community and ensuring everyone plays an active role in fostering the values and beliefs that serve as the anchor for the school. 

Principal JoAnn Myers accomplished just that.

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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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Let your students drive their learning

Becky Frutos

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. 

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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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Sometimes the best way to help your students is not to help them.

Becky Frutos

I don’t like doing things I’m not good at, and I know I’m not alone. That’s why, as a teacher, I hated to see my students frustrated and struggling. And yet, when I gave them something easy to “build them up,” they often became distracted.

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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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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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