Student Performance

Survey Says: Parents are Willing Partners on Personalized Learning, But We Must Engage Them

November 10, 2016 | Personalized Learning

We’ve all heard it. Anyone who has been working in education for any length of time knows by now:  We can’t fix education if parents aren’t involved. Unfortunately, too often we see well-meaning education reform efforts fail because their supporters didn’t cultivate buy-in, not only from educators, but from the…

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.…

Charter School Spotlight: Roots Elementary

June 1, 2016 | Charter Schools

Walk into Roots Elementary and you'll quickly see that it's not your average school. Rather than classrooms of 30 students being taught the same material by one teacher, each Roots student works with a teacher to develop a personal learning plan. The students then spend much of their day in an open,…

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…

CREDO Study: Urban Charter Schools Making Significant Positive Impact

May 27, 2016

The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University report, Urban Charter School Study Report on 41 Regions found that public charter schools located in the nation’s largest urban districts are showing significant positive performance impacts for the most disadvantaged students. Overall, students enrolled in urban public charter…

Charter School Spotlight: Blackstone Valley Prep

May 26, 2016 | Charter Schools

  With its emphasis on diversity, personalized learning, and preparing all students to succeed in college and beyond, Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) Mayoral Academy in Rhode Island has emerged as a standout network of public charter schools. The BVP network provides transformational learning opportunities for its 1,400 scholars in grades K-10 across five schools. Students of…

Straight from the Students: Finding Supportive Communities in Public Charter Schools

May 12, 2016

Students discuss their community and learning experience at Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Honoring Students Where They Are

May 5, 2016 | Teacher Engagement

Montana teacher Anna Baldwin has received extensive recognition for her culturally responsive teaching. She is the recipient of the 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year award, the 2012 Teaching Tolerance Award and 2011 Distinguished Educator Award from the Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts. Additionally, the documentary “Inside…

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…

Tools That Help Students Slow Down—and Strengthen Skills

July 8, 2015 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

What Randall Carswell likes most about an online instructional tool called Quill is that it forces his 8th grade English students to slow down. Having grown up in a digital world, he says, their tendency is to skim through reading assignments, paying little heed to grammatical structure and overlooking critical…