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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.

ANet blog

As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, our primary concern is helping ensure equitable opportunity for all students.

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.

Help us spread opportunity for all students: please share posts that you find valuable with your colleagues. And please add your thoughts in the comments: we would love this blog to facilitate knowledge-sharing in all directions.

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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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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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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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Introducing ANet’s “Lessons From the Field”

Jeff Odell

After over ten years of working with hundreds of systems and schools across the country, we want to ensure that many of our best tools, resources, and organizational knowledge are shared beyond our partner schools and passed along to all educators

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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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Shouldn’t education be about what’s right for kids, not maximizing profits?

Jeff Odell

At ANet, we believe dedicated educators deserve respect and support. Our mission is to serve as a genuine partner, making their work easier and more effective. We want to help them provide opportunity for all students—not “disrupt” their profession or profit from the K–12 “market.”

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As if we needed another reason to close the achievement gap

Jeff Odell

We believe that addressing the achievement gap is primarily a moral issue. It's about what kind of society we want to live in, what kind of future we want for our country's kids.

But a new study highlights a more prosaic justification for working to make education more equitable: boosting economic growth.

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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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