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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Filtering by Tag: high expectations
Most educators mean well, but racist structures oppress students despite the good intentions of individuals. Low expectations based on unconscious biases harm students generation after generation.Read More
“My students aren’t going to learn this anyway, so why are we teaching it?”
The question hung heavy in the air of the professional learning session, but no one responded to the teacher who asked it.Read More
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.Read More
Assessment previews are like a map that shows teachers what mastering grade-level standards looks like. Watch this video to hear two instructional leaders describe why they value assessment previews.Read More
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.Read More
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.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
“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.Read More
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.Read More
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]Read More
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.Read More