Focusing on Mastery Pt. 4 – Engaging every student in the learning process

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1509477617117{padding-top: -100px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text] Focusing on Mastery Pt. 4 [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Engaging every student in the learning process [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Teachers in the high-performing urban schools we studied were not content to see a few or several students master the content they attempted to teach. Rather, they planned and delivered instruction aimed at increasing the likelihood that […]

Leadership Moves…Influencing student engagement through observation and feedback

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1509477617117{padding-top: -100px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text] Leadership Moves… [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Influencing student engagement through observation and feedback [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Across the country, achievement gaps persist.  Standardized assessments suggest that the educational needs of English learners, students of color, students living in poverty, and students with special needs, in general, are not being met. Yet, in the high-performing urban schools […]

Focusing on Mastery Pt. 3 – Depth of Understanding

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1509477617117{padding-top: -100px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text] Focusing on Mastery Pt. 3 [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Depth of Understanding [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Mastery implies more than the acquisition of surface-level knowledge. When a student achieves mastery, he or she retains the newly acquired knowledge or skill long after instruction has ended and is capable of applying it in new or more complex situations. […]

Leadership Moves…Adopting a Focus on Mastery

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1509477617117{padding-top: -100px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text] Leadership Moves… [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Adopting a Focus on Mastery [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] To foster a school environment where teaching and learning lead to excellent and equitable academic outcomes, school personnel must believe that students possess the ability to master rigorous content.  School personnel must also believe that they have the capacity to enable all […]

Leadership Moves… Objective-Driven Lessons

Leadership Moves Objective Driven Lessons

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1509477617117{padding-top: -100px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Leadership Moves… Objective-Driven Lessons [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] In many classrooms across the country, teachers are posting objectives. Yet, the degree to which the lesson being taught is aligned with the posted objective varies greatly across schools and, sometimes, classrooms. Why? Often, in an effort to promote objective-driven lessons, school leaders will require that […]

Focusing on Mastery Pt. 2 – Objective-Driven Lessons

Objective-Driven Lessons

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1509477617117{padding-top: -100px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text] Focusing on Mastery. Pt. 2-Objective-Driven Lessons [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Often, in our visits to high-performing schools, we heard teachers make statements such as, “Before this period ends, you will be able to explain why…” or “In today’s class, you’re going to show me that you know how to …” or “Before the bell […]