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Merit Prep Personalizes Learning One Playlist at a Time

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

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Tools to Help School Leaders Make Smart Staffing Decisions

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August 31, 2018

Back to School: Always Learning At the foundation, we believe it shouldn’t matter where you are from, how much money you have, or what color your skin is—every student should have the same opportunity to succeed. That’s why—as Melinda explains—our foundation has always invested in public schools and always will.…

Failure is not an option

“Failure is Not an Option”: Washington High School’s Focus on Freshmen Boosts Graduation Rates

September 25, 2017 | Student Achievement

Ten years ago, Washington High School (WHS) in Tacoma, Washington, was deemed a dropout factory: Only 57 percent of freshmen students graduated in four years. Over the past decade, however, the graduation rate at WHS has increased by 30 percentage points, to an impressive 87 percent. And importantly, this rate…

3 High-Impact Ways Leadership Teams Use Data to Improve Their Schools

June 27, 2017 | Curriculum & Instructional ToolsProfessional DevelopmentStudent Achievement

Last month, we looked at how distributed leadership teams can create the conditions for positive change within schools. One of the key ways they do this is by studying data and using insights from that data to drive their improvement efforts. What does this cycle of data-driven improvement look like…

3 Key Elements for High-Quality Professional Learning

April 26, 2017 | Professional Development

Glimpse into any classroom in the country, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see students interacting and working together, engaged in group projects or other forms of collaboration. But in the Fulton County Schools system in Atlanta, Georgia, it’s equally common to walk through a school building and see teachers…