How can data support work toward instructional priorities?

Data-driven practice helps teachers make their best even better Change is constant in an environment as complex as a school system, and focus matters. But the question remains: How do you ensure that your practices are not just based on intuition but rooted in thoughtful sourcing of internal and external data for research for lasting … Continued

What should districts do next about the science of reading?

Moving from Conversation to Systemic Action A seismic shift has been underway in education—one that has the potential to reshape the way we teach children the fundamental skill of reading. The science of reading movement is gaining momentum across the United States, challenging traditional approaches to reading instruction and sparking a nationwide conversation on evidence-based … Continued

What is Academic Language in Math and Why Does it Matter?

The Academic Language Gap While supporting math educators in Baltimore City Public Schools with a new curriculum, the Leading Educators team and partners observed a concerning trend. Students could solve math problems correctly, but they struggled to express their ideas in writing. Araceli Flores, Director of Math Content, explains, We were working with teachers on … Continued

Fostering Shared Ownership

How does investment in an instructional vision and instructional priorities affect impact? No single person can change a system on their own. That’s why shared ownership is crucial to bringing an instructional vision to life. Including teachers, administrators, and community members in implementing your strategy creates a shared reality where everyone has a vested interest … Continued

Los Angeles: Bridging Student and Teacher Learning In Math

Math allows us to make sense of our world. When students see the power and joy in mathematics—not just the steps—they can use math knowledge and problem-solving skills to build the lives they dream about. That’s why the Los Angeles Unified School District is taking on an ambitious three-year effort to give students in every … Continued

Building Momentum in Cincinnati Public Schools

Recapping Content-Based Summer Professional Development We all want today’s students to be ready to thrive in the future. That’s why Leading Educators is partnering with visionary school districts nationally to nurture excellent teaching across classrooms and to expand opportunity for more than 286,000 students this year. One of our newest partners is Cincinnati Public Schools … Continued

Chicago Public Schools: Connecting Challenging Lessons to Students’ Lives

Chicago Public Schools wants to ensure “every student in every school has access to a high-quality curriculum that engages their interest and celebrates their diversity.” For years, educators in Chicago used different materials or designed their own, creating unpredictability around what students would experience even in the same school. With the growing availability of high-quality … Continued

How Districts Can Use Curricula to Cultivate Excellence in Math

The future is changing rapidly, and it also promises students new opportunities not seen by past generations. Climate change, artificial intelligence, and the threat of future pandemics will create demand for deep knowledge in math and science. So are today’s students ready? The most recent report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) revealed … Continued

Bright Spots: Charleston County School District

Expanding Opportunity at Acceleration Schools It was August 2019, and Charleston County School District (CCSD) was facing a unique challenge. For a couple of years, school ratings were on the rise, and while students were eager to learn, nearly half of students were struggling with math and reading. Leaders in CCSD’s central office realized something … Continued

Unpacking AAPI Identity and Student Belonging

Talking with Educator and Designer Sandra Jin Sandra Jin is a career educator, designer, strategist, mother, and sister. She is also the daughter of Korean immigrants. When Sandra was a child, her father was studying computer science in New Hampshire while simultaneously learning the English language. Sandra’s family heavily relied on his ability to learn … Continued

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