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?Read More
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Filtering by Tag: standards
Renaissance School of the Arts has a simple but ambitious goal: By June 2019, proficiency rates in both ELA and Mathematics will increase by 20%. They homed in on two obstacles: teachers faced too many competing priorities, and classroom instruction was not always standards-aligned.Read More
There are a lot of reasons school leaders turn to item banks. But several of our school partners have told us that their experience with item banks didn’t live up to their expectations.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
The harsh reality for many teachers is that students may be several years behind grade-level. Here's a strategy to engage students in grade-level math and fill gaps simultaneously.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
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.Read More
Math teachers, spurred by new standards, are striving to increase the rigor of their instruction. But…what exactly is rigor?Read More
Discussion can act as a bridge between reading and writing for students. It can prompt them to articulate, refine, and build on their ideas; and listening to their peers can expand their thinking.Read More
You’d be hard-pressed to find a school that isn’t focused on improving student writing. And that’s not surprising—it takes a lot of practice to transfer thoughts into writing, and to do so in a clear, compelling way.Read More
By studying the progression of standards, educators can create a seamless flow of instruction from one grade to the next.Read More
I'm a big believer that anyone, anywhere, can achieve this level of instruction if they focus again and again on observing for the sake of development, not evaluation.Read More
We’re proud of the good work going on in our partner schools, and our contributions to it. With an eye to building teacher capacity, the administrative team at DCIS at Ford is focusing teacher learning for 2015–16 year on deepening educators’ understanding of the Common Core standards and what it will take for every student to master grade level content.Read More
One of the most powerful lessons we’ve learned through our work with schools is the importance of doing the work we ask our students to do. Nothing helps us anticipate misunderstandings or understand the strategic support our students will need as much as stepping into their shoes, and doing the reading, writing, and thinking they will do as part of upcoming instruction.Read More
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.Read More