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Behind BEES’ Big ELA Boost

Becky Frutos

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?

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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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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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Moving from “unpacking” to “understanding” math standards

Jeff Odell

While it can be helpful to “unpack” a math standard into the knowledge, skills, and understanding students need in order to demonstrate mastery, we’ve learned we can’t stop there. We also need to tease out the connections between all the parts of the standard we've unpacked to understand how they work together to deepen students’ understanding and skills. 

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Analyzing student work for actionable trends in math

Jeff Odell

We’ve created an efficient and effective protocol to guide teachers’ analysis of student work. By organizing student work along a progression of learning, we can identify trends and devise targeted instructional strategies to give students the support they need to be successful

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Connecting math concepts across grades

Jeff Odell

Nothing students learn in math class is entirely new. Everything’s connected—the challenge is to make sure teachers and students experience math in that way, too.

To help you do that we’ve created guides for four domains within elementary and middle school mathematics. Because if teachers and leaders can see how the standards connect, our students are more likely to, as well.

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Are your students clear on the concepts?

Jeff Odell

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about the greater emphasis that the Common Core is placing on conceptual learning in math. And you’ve probably also heard that teachers are struggling to help their students master the conceptual mathematics content in the Common Core.

Turns out you’ve heard true.

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