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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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Co-planning: An effective teacher development strategy

Becky Frutos

Video: Observations and PD are important tools to help teachers hone their craft. But Stephanie Gallegos, principal of Lake County Intermediate School in Colorado, takes it a step further. She sits down with teachers to plan literacy lessons side by side.

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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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The 3 keys to starting text talks

Becky Frutos

Text talks—those “book clubs” that help teachers plan instruction—represent a completely new approach to planning for most educators. Are you ready to try text talks at your school? Here is Fall Hamilton’s advice for implementing them as part of text-based planning.

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How I learned to love text-based planning

Becky Frutos

In this video, a 4th grade teacher from Fall Hamilton shares her perspective on what it was like to transition from a standards-based to text based approach to planning.

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Using data to help students and teachers

Becky Frutos

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.

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White Street School jumps from turnaround to the highest status

Becky Frutos

After building strong structures around a teaching and learning cycle, White Street School jumped from “underperforming” at Level 4 to Level 1, the top category in Massachusetts state accountability system.

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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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Extra time selecting resources and planning yields results for Stanley

Becky Frutos

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.

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Integrating planning and PD saves time, gets results

Jeff Odell

If there’s one thing teachers and school leaders are short on, it’s time.

That's what led Marilyn McCottrell to streamline her sessions with her teachers. Instead of carving out separate times for professional development and curriculum planning, she’s found a way to enable teachers and leaders to tackle both of these critical aspects of their work at the same time.

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