As educators, we know the value of group learning for our students. So why not apply the same principle to our own learning? Principal Sandra Alvarez and her team at Bradford Elementary, a first-year ANet partner in Pueblo, CO, exemplify the idea of learning together.Read More
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Filtering by Category: School Success Stories
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.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
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
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?
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.Read More
How ANet coach Haady Taslim helped La Cima Elementary Charter School balance skills with comprehension in reading instruction.Read More
Just as we teach students to cite evidence in their writing, educators need to use evidence to guide instruction.Read More
Adapting to the Common Core is a daunting challenge, even when educators clearly see its value. They have full-time jobs already, after all! This is the story of how one school grappling with the transition took advantage of ANet’s expertise, resources, and support to make exciting changes that benefit students.Read More
Chicago’s Alain Locke School is the top performing K-8 charter school in Illinois and was named one of seven schools in the U.S. “Best Closing the Achievement Gap” by the U.S. Department of Education.
What’s the secret sauce leading to Alain Locke’s success? A standout practice is a commitment to ongoing, focused and actionable professional development.Read More