High Standards

Building a Culture of Personalized Learning in Clermont, Florida

October 19, 2016 | Student Achievement

Over the past two years, educators at Windy Hill Middle School in Clermont, Florida have been transforming their teaching, tailoring instruction to students’ individual needs and interests. Students have been using new tools to learn content at their own pace and taking ownership of their learning in the process. The…

Investing in the Promise of Quality Personalized Learning

October 18, 2016 | Personalized Learning

People don’t usually look to places like Lindsay, California to find examples of extraordinary education. But extraordinary things are happening in this small town in the Central Valley. The students, almost all from low-income families and more than half English language learners, are engaged in their learning and taking ownership…

Q&A with Peggy Brookins, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

September 25, 2016 | Effective Teaching

The National Board partners with diverse stakeholders, representing educators, administrators, policymakers and advocates, to ensure that many more students in America have the opportunity to learn from accomplished teachers. In this Q&A, Peggy Brookins, President and CEO of the National Board shares updates on the National Board’s work and its impact…

Straight from the Students: On Track for College and Careers

June 21, 2016

Students explain how their teachers are preparing them to succeed after high school.

Q&A: How a New Program Carries Students from the Classroom to Careers

June 16, 2016 | Personalized Learning

“Why are we learning this?” This is a perennial question teachers hear from students, who sometimes struggle to see the big picture: how their schoolwork is preparing them for life after graduation. But Career Connection, a new pilot program launched by non-profit organization Educurious, is helping students answer that question.…

This Graduation Season, We’re Celebrating #ProgressInK12

June 1, 2016

Graduation season is not just a time of celebration, joy, and anticipation for the future, it’s also an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the teachers and schools that go the extra mile for their students. And for our Progress in Action campaign, that’s exactly what we’ll do. Over the…

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…

Q&A: How Duval County Uses Standards-Aligned Tools to Drive Achievement

April 22, 2016

School districts around the country are stepping up to address an urgent need: to align curricula to new, high standards and adopt tools to aid teachers in teaching to them. One example is Florida’s Duval County Public Schools, which recently began using open educational resources from EngageNY to align its…

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…

Education Week: Are Teachers Getting the Right Kind of Common-Core PD?

February 2, 2016 | Professional Development

By Stephen Sawchuck, “Well ... yes and no, according to a pair of new surveys from the RAND Corporation, a research and analysis firm. Teachers do seem to be getting a lot of professional development aligned to the common core in both English language arts and math. The problem is…