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Merit Prep Personalizes Learning One Playlist at a Time

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Networks for School Improvement: When Schools Learn, Students Learn

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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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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…

ECET2: The Power of Connection

September 11, 2015

New Jersey has its share of iconic lead singers. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are just two of our famous front men. Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, George Clinton—we can go down the list. What makes these singers and songwriters special is that their lyrics speak to us on some…

Education Trust: Between the Echoes: Still They Rose. In Caps and Gowns.

June 16, 2016 | Effective Teaching

Jun 16, 2016 by Brooke Haycock An offshoot of Ed Trust’s Echoes From the Gap series, drawing stories of students from behind the statistics, this blog series shares shorter narratives — brief glimpses into classrooms and hallways — that give readers an opportunity to examine educator practices and policies through the intimate lens of…

Engaging Parents to Advance Higher Expectations

July 15, 2015 | Common Core

By Cheryl A. Redfield Recent events in the long pursuit of common ground with policymakers around support for Common Core has left me scratching my head and searching for answers. The reality is that too many state legislatures have disregarded over four years of impressive teaching and learning in our…

How to Help High School Students Graduate

August 29, 2016 | Student Achievement

At the UChicago Network for College Success (NCS), we’re energized by recent data. The national public high school graduation rate has increased by 9 percentage points from 73 percent in 2006 to 82 percent in 2014 (NCES, 2016). In Chicago over the same time period, graduation rates showed even bigger improvements:…

New School Year, New Learners, New Goals

August 19, 2016 | Personalized Learning

Heading into a new school year, I’m feeling refreshed, energized, and excited to take on new challenges. I have many things on my mind. Who will I be teaching? What do they want to achieve? How can I support them in their learning needs? How will they surprise and energize…

Professional Development: Dream Big By Learning Abroad

August 5, 2015 | Professional Development

By Marie Krueger-Miller, a 4th grade teacher at Travis Elementary School in Houston, and her husband Morgan Krueger-Miller, who teaches algebra at the Houston Academy for International Studies. Dream. And make it big. That’s the idea behind Fund for Teachers (FFT), a Houston-based organization dedicated to enriching the personal and…

Q&A: How EdReports.org Helps Educators Identify High-Quality Materials

April 28, 2016 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

EdReports.org is an independent, nonprofit organization designed to help educators identify and demand instructional materials that are effective, reliable, and aligned to high standards. Using a comprehensive, rigorous review process led by expert practitioners, EdReports.org provides free reviews of instructional materials to help educators make informed decisions about which materials…

Room to Run: Student Stories from TNTP

September 1, 2016

TNTP’s Room to Run takes a look at what is possible when students have access to schoolwork that challenges and inspires them. To do this, TNTP asked those who know best: students. In Room to Run, a multimedia feature, TNTP highlights the stories of five students, like Abril, a second-grader…

Shaving Cream, Supply, and Demand

May 10, 2015

Andrew Hull is a social studies teacher at Palmyra Area High in Pennsylvania. He teaches AP microeconomics, economics, and sports history and serves as the head coach for the boys’ soccer team. When I was hired as a social studies teacher at Palmyra Area High School in 2013, the department…