Equity and Excellence on the US/Mexico Border

Equity and Excellence on the US/Mexico Border If all schools in America led Latino, Black, and low-income students to excel in ways similar to what we find in our America’s Best Urban Schools Award winners, achievement gaps in our nation would be minimal or non-existent.  Our award-winning schools demonstrate that it is possible for typical […]

Leadership Matters

Reopening Schools with a Focus on SEL and Equity Presented in Partnership with Sanford Inspire The new school year holds uncertainty for many communities, and our upcoming leadership series will help school administrators, principals, and aspiring leaders build a mindful path forward. We are excited to partner with Sanford Inspire as we offer “Reopening Schools […]

Dealing with an Equity Crisis within the Crises

Dealing with an Equity Crisis within the Crises  By Dr. José Iniguez and Dr. Rupi Boyd  The current state of technology is a far cry from a time when the Sony Walkman was the cat’s pajamas. However, just like many could not afford a Walkman, many are currently unable to access quality technology, including affordable […]

Virtual Teaching for Equity and Excellence

Virtual Teaching for Equity and Excellence

Virtual Teaching for Equity and Excellence Throughout our nation and around the world, educators are racing to consider how they can advance teaching and learning in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. How can we best ensure that all students will continue to learn, grow, and thrive when school buildings must close? How can we […]

Caring Enough to Know and Value Individual Students

Caring Enough to Know and Value Individual Students An excerpt from the Second Edition of Teaching Practices from America’s Best Urban Schools. Available now at all book retailers. Hattie (2009) synthesized over 800 studies of factors that influenced student achievement. He found that teacher-student relationships have a major influence on student learning, more powerful than most […]

Leadership Moves…Specifying Who Will Benefit from Change

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Leadership Moves…Specifying Who Will Benefit from Change. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] While each high-performing urban school might have emphasized different details as they framed reasons for change, they all shared surprising consistency and impressive clarity as they emphasized that change efforts were intended to benefit all students. Leaders made extra efforts to clarify that the proposed efforts […]

Making Students Feel Valued and Capable

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Making Students Feel Valued and Capable [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Part 2 [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] An excerpt from the Second Edition of Teaching Practices from America’s Best Urban Schools. Available now at all book retailers. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] A group of six high school students from Dayton Business and Technology High School met with a researcher from the National Center for Urban […]

Connecting with Student Interests, Backgrounds, Cultures, and Prior Knowledge. Part 2.

Connecting with Student Interests, Backgrounds, Cultures, and Prior Knowledge

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Connecting with Student Interests, Backgrounds, Cultures, and Prior Knowledge [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Part 2 [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Not Simply for the Sake of “Interesting” [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] It is important to note that in high-performing schools, lessons are rarely designed or pursued simply because they are likely to be interesting to students or because they are likely to relate to […]

Acquiring and Responding to Evidence of Understanding | Part 4: Observing and Adapting

observing and adapting

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Acquiring and Responding to Evidence of Understanding [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Part 4: Observing and Adapting [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] In high-performing urban schools, teachers check for understanding because they want to know how each student is proceeding toward mastery of the lesson’s specific objective. They ask questions to determine which concepts are understood by which students and which concepts […]

Leadership Moves…Leadership that Influences the Desire to Change.

Opening the Door of a Model Classroom in a High Performing Urban School

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Leadership Moves… Leadership that Influences the Desire to Change. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] It’s all about leadership. She [the principal] came in here with a vision and the rest of us followed suit. She came with a vision. She changed patterns, she changed mentalities, and she changed perceptions. Students started buying into it. Teachers started buying into […]