Professional Growth & Support Case Studies

Promising Practices at Achievement First, Agile Mind, Teach Plus, and Aspire Public Schools

Education Resource Strategies, May 2013

In this set of case studies, we profile four organizations that have implemented a strategic approach to teacher Professional Growth & Support. The charter management networks, Achievement First and Aspire Public Schools, and the two reform organizations, Teach Plus and Agile Mind, have successfully increased student achievement with a sustained focus on teaching effectiveness and capacity. Their investments in integrated professional growth models, instructional guidance systems, teacher leaders, and teaming around data demonstrate ways that schools can implement the Eight Principles of a Strategic Professional Growth & Support System, referenced in A New Vision for Teacher Professional Growth & Support.

In each case study, we describe the mission and background of the organization, strategic approaches to Professional Growth & Support, performance results, program costs, lessons learned, and next steps.

Professional Growth & Support Case Study: Achievement First (PDF)

Professional Growth & Support Case Study: Duval County Public Schools and Agile Mind (PDF)

Professional Growth & Support Case Study: Aspire Public Schools (PDF)

Professional Growth & Support Case Study: Orchard Gardens Pilot School and Teach Plus (PDF)


These case studies are part of a series of publications and tools devoted to teacher Professional Growth & Support. The rest include: