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Filtering by Tag: professional development

Principals reimagine data as compass, not report card

Becky Frutos

For two principals at New Paradigm for Education schools, data isn’t just a tool for accountability: it’s a compass that guides them throughout every stage of planning, instruction, and reflection. How do these leaders apply data as a year-round instructional driver instead of just a year-end report card?

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ANet helps district leaders bring PD home from conference

Jeff Odell

District leaders returned home from Standards Institute inspired to implement some of what they learned. Sharing their enthusiasm was easy, but passing on the knowledge and understanding they gained felt like a monumental task. For support, they turned to ANet to create customized PD for their teams this summer.

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Tench Tilghman’s strong school community gets students talking

Becky Frutos

Students first. Growth mindset. Always learning. Innovative thinking. Collaboration. Strong relationship building. These are the key elements that propel the work that is garnering results for student achievement at Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City, Maryland.

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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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Why leader learning matters

Sarah Tierney

As a school leader, you can get so focused on student learning that you overlook your own learning. But the instructional leadership team at MAS Charter School see a direct connection between leader learning and teachers’ and students’ achievement.

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Teachers drive their development at the Condon K-8 School

Becky Frutos

How do you make professional development more engaging and practical for teachers? Involve your teachers! At the Condon K-8 School in Boston, teachers design and facilitate their PD—and the impact on teacher investment and collaboration has been incredible.

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Advancing student learning with shorter, more frequent coaching sessions

Becky Frutos

At Mission Grammar School each week, every lead teacher receives, at minimum,  a 15-minute instructional observation and a corresponding 30-minute coaching conversation. Teachers and students are reaping the rewards.

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Leveraging assessments for instructional change

Becky Frutos

Most educators agree that assessments shouldn’t be a “departure from instruction” but, rather, an “integral part of it.” They’re on board with changing the conversation around assessments from student scores to what students have learned, and many agree that teachers should take the assessment. 


However, in light of the ever-increasing demands on the time of teachers and leaders, the questions become when can this work be done? And, is this work truly worth it? 

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The Mildred Avenue K - 8 School rises from Level 3 to Level 1

Becky Frutos

Among the twelve schools in the Boston Public Schools system to achieve Level 1 status this year was Mildred Avenue K–8 School, which rose to the top for meeting assessment targets. Remarkably, Mildred Avenue progressed to level one from the first percentile—the only school in Massachusetts to do so over the last five years.

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The Wild West of open literacy resources: 3. Quality and reflection matter

Becky Frutos

In this post, we want to share a case study of two Chicago teachers’ approach to using the open-source materials offered by the Vermont Writing Collaborative.  

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The Wild West of open literacy resources: 1. Quality matters

Jeff Odell

We’ve all been there: You’re scrambling to prepare a lesson and you think, "Why reinvent the wheel? Let’s check the interwebs." You google your topic and…28,000,000 results pop up. How on Earth do you decide what might be worth using with your students?

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