Give Voice to New Possibilities and a Fairer Future this GivingTuesday

At this time of great change, GivingTuesday is a powerful reminder of our interdependence, our shared hopes, and the possibilities that collective action can unearth. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has become a way to elevate groundbreaking work in communities … Continued

Reframing Challenges: From Rut to River

Building Teacher Efficacy Here in Grand Rapids, Michigan, rivers have special significance. The major tributaries are critically important to life in the entire Great Lakes region. They also mirror a metaphor offered by Elena Aguilar that has become a central focus for our Equity in Literacy Fellowship this year. What are Rut and River Stories? … Continued

Podcast Feature: Unlocking the Science of Reading

Leading with the Head and the Heart “My calling is so that children can one day stand on their own without scaffolds, that children will one day reap the benefits that literacy is liberty, that children will one day be able to teach someone else the power that only literacy can bring.” In recent years, … Continued

Make 2022 the Year of the Education Voter

The Work Required for a More Perfect Union American democracy is a radical notion. On July 4, 1776, our nation’s founders declared a vision for rule by the people that changed the course of the modern world. This group of men didn’t see women or people of color holding power in this new society, but … Continued

Latinx Voices: I Am Many Things

Ariana Audisio on What Latina Identity Means to Her as a Person, Mother, and Advocate When Ariana Audisio’s children entered the public school system in one of the most highly-rated districts in the United States, she was surprised by what she saw. “I felt the joy and belonging part of school missing for my kids,” … Continued

Latinx Voices: Living in Two Worlds

Ana Luis on What Latina Identity Means to Her “I lived part-time in another country, spoke a different language at home, ate different foods, and was very immersed in this native culture from my family. But then, I would go out into other spaces within the United States and be received with the privilege of … Continued

Diverse Texts: Are We “Leveraging” Them or Squandering Them?

Making the case for diverse, complex texts This piece was originally published by Achieve the Core as part of their Peers and Pedagogy blog. Tina De La Fe is a Director of Content and Coaching at Leading Educators where she supports educators in West Michigan to advance equitable opportunity in the classroom. As an instructional … Continued

For Students to Succeed, Put High-Quality Curriculum in Teachers’ Hands

Without guidance on classroom materials or effective professional development, teachers may give students classwork not appropriate for their grade This story was produced by The 74, a non-profit, independent news organization focused on education in America. The recent National Assessment of Educational Progress results brought news that educators and families alike were dreading: Math and reading scores for … Continued

Supercharge Your Professional Learning Strategy

A Recap of Rivet Education’s Professional Learning Power Hour It’s no secret that the pandemic disrupted student learning, and many school system leaders are grappling with how to rebound. But one of the most promising solutions is getting little attention: curriculum-based professional learning. Recently, four members of our team joined Jennifer Wells from Rivet Education … Continued

Promising Insights about Teacher Professional Development

Commentary on Leading Educators’ study of long-term Impact School districts nationwide invest 3-5 percent of their budgets each year in developing their educators. Yet, professional development programs often fail to improve teachers’ instructional practice or student achievement (Kraft et al., 2018). In the 2016-17 school year, U.S. spending on public elementary and secondary schools totaled … Continued