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Back to School for ELs After COVID-19 (English Learners Success Forum, May 2020)

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What will going back to school look like for the country’s 4.8 million English learners, many of whom are currently unable to access remote learning during school closure?  Many families of ELs may have lost jobs or suffered from the virus itself, unable to send remittances to loved ones living in other countries, and many …

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Inquiry into Student Learning Gaps Leads to Better Teaching and Shifts School Culture (Mind/Shift, July 2019)

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When Nell Scharff Panero walked into the high school math classroom, she couldn’t believe how bad it was. The teacher was at the board teaching his math, barely looking at the kids, while they ignored him and threw things across the room. She thought to herself: This guy shouldn’t be a teacher. So she was …

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Getting the Maximum from the Minimum: An Adaptive System for Scaling School Reform (Leadership and Policy in Schools, July 2019)

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Improving high schools entails challenges that are “far easier to catalogue than to surmount” (Mazzeo, Fleischman, Heppen & Jahangir, 2016, p. 2).  High schools have been the most difficult to reform because the challenges teachers face are arguably the hardest:  skill gaps present since elementary school have widened; the demand to graduate all students college …

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Writing is Thinking, and That Makes Strategic Inquiry a Solution for Students (The Hechinger Report, May 2019)

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It’s widely accepted that there is a crisis in reading in this country, but there is also a writing crisis that requires our attention. Regardless of where one stands on the education reform spectrum, we all must do everything possible to find the best, most comprehensive solutions to address this crisis. According to the National Assessment …

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Teaching Model Takes Strategic Approach to Identifying the Skills Students Missed (Education Dive, April 2019)

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Andy Lee thought he was helping some of his struggling students learn how to write an argumentative essay by breaking the task into smaller pieces, such as focusing first on the skill of paraphrasing. After all, Strategic Inquiry — the method the English department chair and lesson design coach at Savanna High School in Anaheim, California, is …

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SAM: Leadership for School Reform (Leadership in Focus, 2014)

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Professional Learning Communities: Building Blocks for School Culture and Student Learning. Interview with Milbrey McLaughlin & Joan E. Talbert (Voices in Urban Education, Spring 2010)

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Professional learning communities that center on students, use data effectively, distribute expertise, and enjoy district-level leadership and investment are proving to have a powerful impact on school culture, instructional quality, and student outcomes. Professional learning communities (PLCs) have gained increasing attention from researchers over the last twenty years or so and have been present in …

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