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Team Savanna’s Strategic Inquiry Process

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Meet Team Savanna’s Continuous Improvement and Strategic Inquiry Team.

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WIT makes a first-year ESL teacher better (Video, May 2019)

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Laura Pamplona & Students / WIT with English Learners

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Is it time to go back to basics with writing instruction? (Mind/Shift, February 2017)

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Nell Scharff Panero taught high school English for 13 years before going back to school to get her Ph.D. in educational leadership. She is now the director of the Center for Educational Leadership at Baruch College, part of City University of New York (CUNY). As a teacher she was often frustrated that she didn’t have …

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Progressive mastery through deliberate practice: A promising approach for improving writing (Improving Schools, November 2016)

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This study is an analysis of the curriculum used to teach writing at one US high school in which outcomes for students were extremely strong. The study surfaces what was different in the approach used from what is typically understood and promoted as best practice in the teaching of writing. It does so in order …

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Strategic Inquiry in NYC’s Renewal High Schools (Video, May 2015)

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Video interviews of teachers and district coaches being trained to lead Strategic Inquiry in NYC’s Renewal high schools.

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Strategic Inquiry: Starting Small for Big Results in Education (Harvard Education Press, 2013)

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Strategic Inquiry is an innovative model for promoting teacher collaboration around identifying specific “learning gaps” that keep struggling students from succeeding. Gaps may include anything from the proper use of commas and conjunctions to concepts such as “slope” in math. The authors argue that addressing these critical learning gaps can lead to big changes in …

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The Writing Revolution (The Atlantic, October 2012)

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For years, nothing seemed capable of turning around New Dorp High School’s dismal performance—not firing bad teachers, not flashy education technology, not after-school programs. So, faced with closure, the school’s principal went all-in on a very specific curriculum reform, placing an overwhelming focus on teaching the basics of analytic writing, every day, in virtually every …

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Inquiry-based School Reform: Lessons from SAM in NYC (Stanford University, Jan 2012)

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Final SAM Evaluation Report

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Developing School Capacity for Inquiry-based Improvement: Progress, Challenges, and Resources (Stanford University, Nov 2010)

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3rd interim SAM evaluation report 

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Starting Small for Big School Improvement (Principal Leadership, April 2010)

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In the Scaffolded Apprenticeship Model (SAM), a school improvement strategy in place in New York City; Boston, MA; and Oakland, CA, teacher teams improve their schools by studying and closing high-leverage learning gaps for small groups of struggling students as a strategy for systemic change. SAM’s goal is for each school to continually expand its …

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