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Merit Prep Personalizes Learning One Playlist at a Time

October 28, 2016 | Student Achievement

To get up to grade level in science, Amarachi Onyemaobi knew she needed to understand the systems of the human body. Just as importantly, she knew how long it would take and what she needed to do to master the concept. A freshman at Merit Preparatory Charter School in Newark, New…

Education Is the Key

May 23, 2016

Our CEO, Sue Desmond-Hellmann released her first annual letter highlighting some of the lessons she’s learned, including lessons from our education work. And here’s one example of how important it is for teachers to be engaged in the process of helping students reach high standards, because as Sue notes, “deep…

Huffington Post Education: What’s Working: Getting Teachers More Common Core Aligned Materials

April 14, 2016

Much has been written and debated on the state-led shift toward more rigorous, consistent K-12 education standards commonly known as Common Core. At the same time, that intense focus on the standards has obscured an equally important shift – the adoption of instructional resources aligned to the new standards. If…

A Rural District’s Path to Student Success

March 11, 2016 | Professional Development

By Kathryn Hunt When the South Bend School District in Washington State gave the district’s 39 teachers $500 each to pursue individual professional development linked to their specific goals, Julie Haugan knew just what she wanted to do.  An English teacher, she enrolled in a university class for Advanced Placement…

Literacy Design Collaborative

October 6, 2015 | Common Core

Ensuring all students are prepared to succeed in college and career is at the heart of the Common Core State Standards. As teachers work hard to find ways to help all students reach these expectations, we’re working to ensure that there are high-quality instructional materials available that have been developed…

Common Assignment Study

June 10, 2015

As states and districts adopt and implement new academic standards based on Common Core State Standards, it is critical to enable and examine ways for teachers to work and learn together with a shared goal of strengthening curriculum design, classroom practices, and student work products. The Common Assignment Study is…

California Math Teacher: Common Core Adds Up

May 11, 2015

California elementary school teacher and mathematics specialist voices her support for the new math standards that force students to think deeply about concepts and follow a logical track in building math skills. Source: Redlands Daily Facts

Kentucky Leads the Way with Common Core

May 10, 2015

As the first state to adopt the Common Core, Kentucky has managed a remarkably smooth and successful transition. After four years, test scores are improving and the high school graduation rate is up 87 percent, beating the national average. But success didn’t happen overnight. “It takes about five years for teachers…