Watch fourth-grade teacher Robin Sands lead students through three different activities that use text passages to build vocabulary, reading comprehension, and collaboration.Read More
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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
Discussion is a necessary piece of learning to fully understand, challenge, and support one's ideas and evidence. Learn how University Prep Academy’s teachers got more students speaking up in class than ever before!Read More
Hyde Leadership Charter School-Brooklyn showed impressive academic growth for third through fifth-grade students—14% growth in math and 10% growth in ELA—on the 2017-2018 New York State exams.Read More
A focus question is a text-dependent question that sets a succinct purpose for instruction. It outlines what students should be able to answer in writing as a culminating task and will shape the lesson, or series of lessons, to get students to that point.Read More
Here are two instructional practices Liberty teachers use to ensure the school’s youngest students become confident, lifelong readers.Read More
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.Read More
Anyone would feel overwhelmed trying to take on several new priorities at once. Once Chrissie and her leadership team focused on just one instructional priority, they started to notice a marked difference.Read More
The Renaissance Charter School in Queens, NY is doing great work around complex text. When you walk into different classrooms throughout the school, you’ll see first-grade students charting their stamina for reading, fifth-grade students reading and crafting their own memoirs, and sixth-grade students diving deep into texts and sharing their understanding with their classmates.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
When someone asks you a question, the ball’s in your court. Your brain engages in a deeper, more active way than if information were being fed to you. Teachers take advantage of this phenomenon when they ask thoughtful questions.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
A second-grade teacher at Alain Locke Charter Academy in Chicago talks about how text-dependent questioning can help her students focus on evidence rather than jumping to conclusions.Read More
The Common Core standards clearly advocate placing texts front and center in planning and instruction. For many schools, transitioning to this approach in ELA has required a significant shift.
Watch as leaders and teachers from Garfield Elementary School in Revere, Massachusetts share their experience making this shift. Their enthusiasm is palpable.