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Achievement First believes that great teachers are not born, they are made through highly effective systems and professional development support. Through a framework for effective teaching, a large investment in coaching and over 200 hours per year in activities that help teachers grow, Achievement First provides teachers the support they need to become highly effective educators and continue to grow their practice every day.
In conjunction with their unique family model in which a team of teachers share responsibility for all students in a grade level, Ashley Park elementary has developed a deliberate and strategic teacher teaming approach with expert-led and data-supported collaborative planning time. Teachers feel accountable to each other for success and are able to bring the best thinking of their peers and experts to bear against the challenges they face.
Teams of 12 instructors stay with students for all four years of high school, enabling deeper relationships and a focus on teaching students rather than content.
City High has an interdisciplinary curriculum where classes of 60 students are co-taught by a team of two content specialists, a special education teacher, and a teaching assistant.
In response to a dip in student performance and an influx of new teachers, Escamilla re-arranged its schedules so that subject teams are able to share 60 minutes of planning time daily.
Generation Schools' unique teacher teaming structure and teacher schedule enable core class sizes of approximately 18-22 students, enabling teachers to provide targeted individual attention based on their students’ needs.
The Rocketship Flex Model creates grade teams of three teachers and one paraprofessional to share responsibility for instructing all students in the grade.
The Summit Flex Model empowers course- and grade-level teams with 60-90 minutes per day of planning time to collaborate in the planning and delivery of instruction.
To provide multiple opportunities to catch students up to their peers, UP Academy Boston created academic supports in the form of a co-teaching model, tutoring, and intervention blocks, in addition to a number of other changes to the school day and school year. Teacher teams and planning time at UP Academy Boston are structured to support teacher effectiveness and student intervention planning and coordination. This model has helped student proficiency rates roughly double since 2011, making UP Academy Boston rank #1 across the state of Massachusetts among middle schools in student growth in math.
UP Academy Boston has built a strong school culture based on its core values by implementing school-wide systems and routines, utilizing a grade-level cohort structure for students and teacher teams to foster strong relationships between teachers and students, and investing in time and staff dedicated solely to building school culture.
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