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Teachers Know Best: Teachers’ Views on Professional Development

August 6, 2015 | Professional Development

Teachers want and need support to develop their practice so that their students can succeed. In most places, that support falls under the auspices of professional development, a broad umbrella that includes everything from one-time workshops to online research, coaching, and collaborative time teachers spend with each other in professional…

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work Webinar and Storify

June 11, 2016

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work for Teachers and Students presents the findings from a survey of over 4,600 teachers about the challenges they face when using digital instructional tools. “Brute force and awkwardness” is how Nicole Cerra, co-founder of Design Tech High School, describes the process by which she and…

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work

January 9, 2015

With more data than ever available in the classroom, the challenge is making it work—for teachers and for students. In this video accompanying the Gates Foundation’s Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work report, educators discuss how they work with data, and how they’d like to see the digital tools that…

Teachers Know Best

Teachers Know Best

January 26, 2016 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

The connection between teachers and students is at the heart of learning. Our work focuses on ensuring that all teachers have the goals, skills and tools to form and strengthen that powerful bond with their students. The first step in doing that is asking teachers what works and what they…

Teachers Know Best

May 11, 2015

The goal of Teachers Know Best is to bring the perspectives of teachers to developers who are creating digital tools for the classroom. Moving from anecdotes of what digital instructional tools teachers want and need to actual, solid data, will help us to better understand how teachers use digital technology in the classroom, and…

Spotlight On Partners and Grantees Working to Get High Quality Aligned Instructional Materials to Teachers

January 26, 2017 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

Research tells us that high-quality, aligned instructional materials is important in helping teachers support their students in mastering the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to be college and career ready. But too often, teachers do not have access to the tools and materials they need to grow and improve…

Reaching the Summit of Data-Driven Instruction

June 11, 2015

Elizabeth Dogget remembers how hard it was to personalize instruction to meet student needs while she was student teaching. “It was really difficult to track where my students were on their progress towards meeting a learning objective and giving them timely feedback,” she recalls.  “Often I would take a bunch…

Q&A: How LearnPlatform Harnesses Educators’ Expertise to Improve Edtech

May 20, 2016 | Instructional Leadership

Navigating the vast landscape of edtech tools can be a daunting and time-consuming task for educators and school systems. Too often, it’s difficult to know which tools are worthwhile—and in which contexts they work best. We explored solutions to this challenge through our Progress in Action campaign last month. One…

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…

Louisiana Supports Teachers with Aligned Instructional Materials

January 26, 2017 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

Busy teachers across the country work hard every day to help their students meet high academic standards. Many teachers report spending hours every week searching online for lessons and materials to use in their classroom, and some spend even more time developing and adapting materials to align to their state’s…