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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…

Building Reading Skills With Digital Literacy Tools

July 8, 2015 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

Teachers know that meeting students’ individual needs in a bustling classroom is a Sisyphean task. But the job may be getting easier, thanks to a variety of new digital literacy tools. Last year Debra Rook began using Newsela, a program that uses news articles about current events to build reading comprehension,…

EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT: List of Resources

January 25, 2016 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) represents an unprecedented opportunity for policymakers and education leaders to translate recent research and learnings into equitable access to quality public education. To support state policymakers and education leaders, we’ve gathered a sample list of ESSA-related resources — overviews, infographics, transition timelines, and reports…

How High-Quality Instructional Materials Can Drive Teacher Growth

April 5, 2017 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has been widely heralded in recent years as one of the nation’s fastest-improving urban public school districts. Most coverage has focused on the district’s strong and stable leadership and its sustained focus on educator effectiveness. But headlines fail to capture a significant innovation: DCPS…