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Professional Culture Practices

 
Cristal Clark West Portland ES Think of your favorite teacher in elementary school – and now imagine how great it would have been to have that teacher for three years instead of just one. That’s what happens at Portland Elementary School in Portland, Arkansas, where upper elementary students loop with their core academic teachers for three years. And since those Read More

Lafayette 1st Grade at work Lafayette Elementary School, (District of Columbia). Lafayette Elementary, the largest public elementary school in Washington, D.C., is by design a close-knit community educating more than nine hundred students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. At Lafayette we believe that equity, cultural awareness, and respect must factor into everything we do as a school community. Four years Read More

Elevate students frequently collaborate as they grow daily as leaders. Elevate School, (San Diego, CA). Elevate School wants students and staff to grow and thrive. Teachers and staff members participate in multiple growth opportunities, including coaching cycles, safe practice cycles, peer coaching, and a yearly professional development (PD) focus that is data-driven and meets the needs of students. An ongoing central responsibility of school leadership Read More

(Red Hawk ES) Library time means more than books: makerspace, coding and technology! Red Hawk Elementary School, (Temecula, CA). The Red Hawk Elementary School teachers and staff firmly believe that the impression and impact that your heart leaves on others, students and colleagues, is the umbrella for all that we do. This mindset helped to ease the transition to remote learning and helped to keep the staff focused. Read More

mcauliffe_international_school McAuliffe International School, (Denver, CO). At McAuliffe International School, core content (social studies, science, math, and English Language Arts) teachers do not plan their own lessons. Instead, a lead planner for the course curates the curriculum and develops the units and lessons for the team. Once the lessons are ready for the upcoming week, the Read More

desertaire_elementary_school Desertaire Elementary School, (El Paso, TX). When Desertaire Elementary School received the stay at home order, transitioning to distance learning encompassed many challenges with technology. Desertaire, a culturally diverse Title I school, includes 26% of students English language learners. Many families lacked access to devices and broadband internet; meanwhile, not all teachers were familiar with Read More

Principal Phyllis Maestas Ladera Del Norte Elementary School Farmington, New Mexico Overcoming Challenges to Close the Achievement Gap. Like many schools, educators at Ladera Del Norte Elementary school were committed to supporting the success of all students, but they needed to strategically overcome a number of challenges in their mission to close achievement gaps. In this audio profile, Read More

photos of Amy and Tom Barret Traditional Middle School Louisville, KY Advancing Racial Equity Through Culturally Responsive Teaching. Like many schools across the nation, school leaders at Barret Traditional Middle School realized that they faced academic achievement gaps among students by race. With support from their district, and through the work of committed educators willing to address this difficult topic, Read More

Hernandez Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary/Middle School Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama Supporting Highly Mobile Students at a Department of Defense School. Meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of highly mobile students is a challenge faced by many schools and districts. Teachers and school leaders at Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary/Middle School in Alabama are Read More

Westhampton ES Westhampton Elementary School, (Westhampton, MA). Westhampton Elementary approaches professional development (PD) as a four-tiered system rooted in the academic, social, and emotional needs of the students and school community. This tiered system begins at the district level where school administrators work closely with the district’s curriculum director to program professional development activities that benefit the Read More