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Access to Varied and Customizable Content, Curriculum and Assessments
Provide teachers with access to resources for curriculum, assessments, and professional learning to support strong content knowledge and pedagogy.
Aligned Grading Practices
Evaluate current grading practices and their alignment with the school’s vision for teaching and learning.
Alignment to Learning Sciences and Evidence
Implement instructional strategies that align with and build on learning and human development research.
Classroom Observation and Teacher Reflection
Create observation tools for principals and peers that offer teachers collaborative reflection opportunities for continuous improvement.
Data Collection and Usage Plan
Create a data plan that includes the data to be collected and what will be done with it after it is collected.
Digital Literacy and Citizenship Training
Provide digital citizenship and digital literacy training for students and teachers.
Embed STE(A)M in Instruction
Embed STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), computer science, and workforce connections throughout instruction.
Empowering Teacher Voice and Choice
Model effective professional learning by offering choice and voice when leading teachers and empower teachers to lead throughout the process.
Engagement through Communities of Practice
Encourage engagement across schools and districts through traditional networking, social media, and professional learning communities.
Ensuring Time for Professional Learning within the School Schedule
Provide opportunities for teachers and students to show agency by leading activities, sharing needs, and providing input into school modernization practices.
Extended and Expanding Learning Opportunities
Offer extended and expanded learning opportunities for all students.
High-Leverage Approaches and Content
Determine high-leverage instructional approaches and content.
High-Stakes Testing and the Whole Child
Ensure that high-stakes testing is well planned and executed and is only one part of understanding the whole child.
Implicit Bias and Cultural Sensitivity Training
Prioritize implicit bias (toward colleagues and students) training to ensure cultural sensitivity.
Include Student Passions and Interests
Leverage and create opportunities for students to explore their passions and interests to promote personal and authentic opportunities.
Indicators for Interventions and Support
Focus on indicators that trigger interventions and alternative approaches with subgroups of students in need of more support.
Peer Review and Constructive Feedback
Create peer review and feedback loops.
Pilot New Ideas as a Team
Provide time to pilot new ideas, reflect, and refine; set up team time for planning, grading, and review of student work.
Professional Growth Plans for Educators
Set clear expectations for each teacher’s and administrator’s professional growth plan; seek feedback from teachers and use data to show impact.
Providing Clear and Concise Learning Objectives and Progressions
Set clear learning objectives aligned with state standards for all students.