CASE STUDIES

We work with schools and district leaders and teachers to address key challenges, including closing achievement gaps in literacy and math, providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum for all students, engaging the support of parents and community members in improving education, and improving instructional leadership. See how schools like yours have made significant gains as they focus on school improvement initiatives.

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Implementing Next Generation Curriculum & Instruction

San Jacinto Unified School District; San Jacinto, CA

How to Transform Your Curriculum for the Common Core

Transforming to Next Generation Curriculum & instruction in San Jacinto Unified School District.

GOALS

  • Implement eight new units of ELA curriculum across every grade level in 2013–2014.
  • Map backward using Smarter Balanced’s four ELA claims and provide targets as a foundational framework to build brand new curriculum maps.
  • Bring new instructional strategies to life in classrooms.
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TRANSITION TO THE COMMON CORE

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Implementing Next Generation Curriculum & Instruction

San Jacinto Unified School District; San Jacinto, CA

  • Metro Status: Suburban
  • Total Schools: 13
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • ELL: 27%
  • Total Enrollment: 12,067
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 71%
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Implementing Next Generation Curriculum & Instruction

San Jacinto Unified School District; San Jacinto, CA

GOALS

  • Implement eight new units of ELA curriculum across every grade level in 2013–2014.
  • Map backward using Smarter Balanced’s four ELA claims and provided targets as a foundational framework to build brand new curriculum maps.
  • Bring new instructional strategies to life in classrooms.
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Transforming Curriculum and Instruction for the Common Core

Warren City Schools; Warren, OH

  • Metro Status: Urban
  • Total Schools: 5
  • Grades: K–12
  • Total Enrollment: 1,843
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 81%
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Transforming Curriculum and Instruction for the Common Core

Warren City Schools; Warren, OH

GOALS

  • Development of a coherent model of instructional leadership to guide student and professional learning focused on all students meeting the higher expectations of the new standards.
  • System-wide realization of what the Common Core State Standards require of both students and teachers, learned via deep understanding of the curriculum mapping process.
  • Template for Common Core State Standards unit construction, standards alignment to units, and complete unit templates.
  • Creation of summative performance tasks and formative assessment items for unit assessments.
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Transforming Instruction for the Common Core State Standards

Yakima School Disitrict; Yakima, WA

  • Metro Status: Rural
  • Total Schools: 24
  • Grades: K–12
  • Total Enrollment: 14,853
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 82.5%
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Transforming Instruction for the Common Core State Standards

Yakima School Disitrict; Yakima, WA

GOALS

  • Building district-wide understanding of the instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards.
  • Supporting district leadership in aligning the current K–12 math curriculum with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
  • Deepening instructional capacity of teachers, and instructional leadership of school and central office administrators.
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Creating a Shared Vision of Success to Increase Student Achievement

School District of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA

  • Metro Status: Urban
  • Total Schools: 274
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • Total Enrollment: 166,233
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 75.6%
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Creating a Shared Vision of Success to Increase Student Achievement

School District of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA

GOALS

  • Increase leadership and instructional capacity to achieve a shared vision of success.
  • Strengthen instructional practices and professional development opportunities.
  • Improve students’ standardized scores, reading proficiency, and confidence.
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Ensuring College and Career Readiness for All Students by Strengthening Instruction

La Quinta High School; La Quinta, CA

  • Metro Status: Suburban
  • Grades: 9–12
  • ELL: 6%
  • Total Enrollment: 2,985
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 44%
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Ensuring College and Career Readiness for All Students by Strengthening Instruction

La Quinta High School; La Quinta, CA

GOALS

  • Identify school-wide practices and policies for achieving a rigorous and relevant curriculum aligned to college- and career-readiness goals for all students.
  • Increase the engagement levels of students, in order to improve proficiency levels across the school’s substantial Career-Technical Education (CTE) program, large International Baccalaureate program, and other college preparatory programs.
  • Initiate a five-year school improvement effort to raise school-wide performance on the California High School Exit Examination.
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Creating a Rigorous and Relevant Learning Environment

Owl Creek School; Fayetteville, AR

  • Metro Status: Rural
  • Grades: PreK-7
  • ELL: 15%
  • Total Enrollment: 815
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 68%
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Creating a Rigorous and Relevant Learning Environment

Owl Creek School; Fayetteville, AR

GOALS

  • Raise rigor for students to increase academic outcomes.
  • Organize and tighten instruction.
  • Support staff through professional development to help implement change and drive student success.
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TRANSFORM SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

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Raising Achievement with a Comprehensive Literacy Plan

Midland Independent School District; Midland, TX

  • Metro Status: Small City
  • Total Schools: 34
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • ELL: 19%
  • Total Enrollment: 23,000
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 48%
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Raising Achievement with a Comprehensive Literacy Plan

Midland Independent School District; Midland, TX

GOALS

  • A unified understanding of reading as the key to learning in all content areas.
  • Developing a stronger district-wide approach to reading interventions.
  • Implementing Scholastic’s READ 180® and System 44® with fidelity.
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Implementing Next Generation Curriculum & Instruction

San Jacinto Unified School District; San Jacinto, CA

  • Metro Status: Suburban
  • Total Schools: 13
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • ELL: 27%
  • Total Enrollment: 12,067
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 71%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Implementing Next Generation Curriculum & Instruction

San Jacinto Unified School District; San Jacinto, CA

GOALS

  • Implement eight new units of ELA curriculum across every grade level in 2013–2014.
  • Map backward using Smarter Balanced’s four ELA claims and provided targets as a foundational framework to build brand new curriculum maps.
  • Bring new instructional strategies to life in classrooms.
DOWNLOAD PDF
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Transforming Curriculum and Instruction for the Common Core

Warren City Schools; Warren, OH

  • Metro Status: Urban
  • Total Schools: 5
  • Grades: K–12
  • Total Enrollment: 1,843
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 81%
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Transforming Curriculum and Instruction for the Common Core

Warren City Schools; Warren, OH

GOALS

  • Development of a coherent model of instructional leadership to guide student and professional learning focused on all students meeting the higher expectations of the new standards.
  • System-wide realization of what the Common Core State Standards require of both students and teachers, learned via deep understanding of the curriculum mapping process.
  • Template for Common Core State Standards unit construction, standards alignment to units, and complete unit templates.
  • Creation of summative performance tasks and formative assessment items for unit assessments.
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Building Instructional Excellence

Merrillville High School; Merrillville, IN

  • Metro Status: Suburban
  • Grades: High School
  • Total Enrollment: 2,423
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 53%
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Building Instructional Excellence

Merrillville High School; Merrillville, IN

GOALS

  • Adopt a school improvement plan that focuses on improving assessment scores and the graduation rates while supporting positive behavior, and a school-wide focus on literacy.
  • Deliver instruction that is relevant and rigorous, challenging to prepare students with skills required for success in college and career.
  • Emphasize and improve communication among school staff, parents, and the community to foster and support learning experiences that challenge students.
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Instructional Improvement Through Leadership and Cultural Change

Labadieville Primary School; Labadieville, LA

  • Metro Status: Rural
  • Grades: PreK-5
  • Total Enrollment: 355
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 87%
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Instructional Improvement Through Leadership and Cultural Change

Labadieville Primary School; Labadieville, LA

GOALS

  • Identify the school’s unique needs and create a sustainable plan to improve student achievement, engagement, and motivation.
  • Create a shared vision about what constitutes rigorous instruction at a school with a historically top-down decision-making structure.
  • Strengthen relationships among students, parents, faculty, and staff.
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Making Academic Gains by Engaging Families and Communities

Cabell County School District; Huntington, WV

  • Metro Status: Urban and Rural
  • Total Schools: 28
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • Total Enrollment: 12,700
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 52%
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Making Academic Gains by Engaging Families and Communities

Cabell County School District; Huntington, WV

GOALS

  • Increase the graduation rate.
  • Create a scalable and sustainable plan to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
  • Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment to close the achievement gap.
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Transforming Instruction for the Common Core State Standards

Yakima School Disitrict; Yakima, WA

  • Metro Status: Rural
  • Total Schools: 24
  • Grades: K–12
  • Total Enrollment: 14,853
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 82.5%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Transforming Instruction for the Common Core State Standards

Yakima School Disitrict; Yakima, WA

GOALS

  • Building district-wide understanding of the instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards.
  • Supporting district leadership in aligning the current K–12 math curriculum with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
  • Deepening instructional capacity of teachers, and instructional leadership of school and central office administrators.
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Creating a Shared Vision of Success to Increase Student Achievement

School District of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA

  • Metro Status: Urban
  • Total Schools: 274
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • Total Enrollment: 166,233
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 75.6%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Creating a Shared Vision of Success to Increase Student Achievement

School District of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA

GOALS

  • Increase leadership and instructional capacity to achieve a shared vision of success.
  • Strengthen instructional practices and professional development opportunities.
  • Improve students’ standardized scores, reading proficiency, and confidence.
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Increasing Student Achievement Through Instructional Effectiveness

Dr. Antonia Saez Elementary School; San Juan, PR

  • Metro Status: Urban
  • Grades: K–6
  • Total Enrollment: 410
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 89%
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Increasing Student Achievement Through Instructional Effectiveness

Dr. Antonia Saez Elementary School; San Juan, PR

GOALS

  • Develop an instructional focus around rigor, relevance, and relationships in order to improve students’ motivation to learn.
  • Clarify expectations for teachers and students by defining higher standards of instruction and of student performance.
  • Increase the number of students performing at the Proficient and Academic Advanced Performance Levels on the Puerto Rico Test of Achievement in Spanish Language Arts (SLA), English as a Second Language (ESL), and mathematics.
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Ensuring College and Career Readiness for All Students by Strengthening Instruction

La Quinta High School; La Quinta, CA

  • Metro Status: Suburban
  • Grades: 9–12
  • ELL: 6%
  • Total Enrollment: 2,985
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 44%
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Ensuring College and Career Readiness for All Students by Strengthening Instruction

La Quinta High School; La Quinta, CA

GOALS

  • Identify school-wide practices and policies for achieving a rigorous and relevant curriculum aligned to college- and career-readiness goals for all students.
  • Increase the engagement levels of students, in order to improve proficiency levels across the school’s substantial Career-Technical Education (CTE) program, large International Baccalaureate program, and other college preparatory programs.
  • Initiate a five-year school improvement effort to raise school-wide performance on the California High School Exit Examination.
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Creating a Rigorous and Relevant Learning Environment

Owl Creek School; Fayetteville, AR

  • Metro Status: Rural
  • Grades: PreK-7
  • ELL: 15%
  • Total Enrollment: 815
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 68%
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Creating a Rigorous and Relevant Learning Environment

Owl Creek School; Fayetteville, AR

GOALS

  • Raise rigor for students to increase academic outcomes.
  • Organize and tighten instruction.
  • Support staff through professional development to help implement change and drive student success.
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Implementing Next Generation Curriculum & Instruction

San Jacinto Unified School District; San Jacinto, CA

  • Metro Status: Suburban
  • Total Schools: 13
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • ELL: 27%
  • Total Enrollment: 12,067
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 71%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Implementing Next Generation Curriculum & Instruction

San Jacinto Unified School District; San Jacinto, CA

GOALS

  • Implement eight new units of ELA curriculum across every grade level in 2013–2014.
  • Map backward using Smarter Balanced’s four ELA claims and provided targets as a foundational framework to build brand new curriculum maps.
  • Bring new instructional strategies to life in classrooms.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
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Raising Achievement with a Comprehensive Literacy Plan

Midland Independent School District; Midland, TX

  • Metro Status: Small City
  • Total Schools: 34
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • ELL: 19%
  • Total Enrollment: 23,000
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 48%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Raising Achievement with a Comprehensive Literacy Plan

Midland Independent School District; Midland, TX

GOALS

  • A unified understanding of reading as the key to learning in all content areas.
  • Developing a stronger district-wide approach to reading interventions.
  • Implementing Scholastic’s READ 180® and System 44® with fidelity.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Creating a Rigorous and Relevant Learning Environment

Owl Creek School; Fayetteville, AR

  • Metro Status: Rural
  • Grades: PreK-7
  • ELL: 15%
  • Total Enrollment: 815
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 68%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Creating a Rigorous and Relevant Learning Environment

Owl Creek School; Fayetteville, AR

GOALS

  • Raise rigor for students to increase academic outcomes.
  • Organize and tighten instruction.
  • Support staff through professional development to help implement change and drive student success.
DOWNLOAD PDF
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Transforming Curriculum and Instruction for the Common Core

Warren City Schools; Warren, OH

  • Metro Status: Urban
  • Total Schools: 5
  • Grades: K–12
  • Total Enrollment: 1,843
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 81%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Transforming Curriculum and Instruction for the Common Core

Warren City Schools; Warren, OH

GOALS

  • Development of a coherent model of instructional leadership to guide student and professional learning focused on all students meeting the higher expectations of the new standards.
  • System-wide realization of what the Common Core State Standards require of both students and teachers, learned via deep understanding of the curriculum mapping process.
  • Template for Common Core State Standards unit construction, standards alignment to units, and complete unit templates.
  • Creation of summative performance tasks and formative assessment items for unit assessments.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
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Building Instructional Excellence

Merrillville High School; Merrillville, IN

  • Metro Status: Suburban
  • Grades: High School
  • Total Enrollment: 2,423
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 53%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Building Instructional Excellence

Merrillville High School; Merrillville, IN

GOALS

  • Adopt a school improvement plan that focuses on improving assessment scores and the graduation rates while supporting positive behavior, and a school-wide focus on literacy.
  • Deliver instruction that is relevant and rigorous, challenging to prepare students with skills required for success in college and career.
  • Emphasize and improve communication among school staff, parents, and the community to foster and support learning experiences that challenge students.
DOWNLOAD PDF
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Instructional Improvement Through Leadership and Cultural Change

Labadieville Primary School; Labadieville, LA

  • Metro Status: Rural
  • Grades: PreK-5
  • Total Enrollment: 355
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 87%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Instructional Improvement Through Leadership and Cultural Change

Labadieville Primary School; Labadieville, LA

GOALS

  • Identify the school’s unique needs and create a sustainable plan to improve student achievement, engagement, and motivation.
  • Create a shared vision about what constitutes rigorous instruction at a school with a historically top-down decision-making structure.
  • Strengthen relationships among students, parents, faculty, and staff.
DOWNLOAD PDF
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VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Making Academic Gains by Engaging Families and Communities

Cabell County School District; Huntington, WV

  • Metro Status: Urban and Rural
  • Total Schools: 28
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • Total Enrollment: 12,700
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 52%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Making Academic Gains by Engaging Families and Communities

Cabell County School District; Huntington, WV

GOALS

  • Increase the graduation rate.
  • Create a scalable and sustainable plan to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
  • Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment to close the achievement gap.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Transforming Instruction for the Common Core State Standards

Yakima School Disitrict; Yakima, WA

  • Metro Status: Rural
  • Total Schools: 24
  • Grades: K–12
  • Total Enrollment: 14,853
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 82.5%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Transforming Instruction for the Common Core State Standards

Yakima School Disitrict; Yakima, WA

GOALS

  • Building district-wide understanding of the instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards.
  • Supporting district leadership in aligning the current K–12 math curriculum with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
  • Deepening instructional capacity of teachers, and instructional leadership of school and central office administrators.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Creating a Shared Vision of Success to Increase Student Achievement

School District of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA

  • Metro Status: Urban
  • Total Schools: 274
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • Total Enrollment: 166,233
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 75.6%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Creating a Shared Vision of Success to Increase Student Achievement

School District of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA

GOALS

  • Increase leadership and instructional capacity to achieve a shared vision of success.
  • Strengthen instructional practices and professional development opportunities.
  • Improve students’ standardized scores, reading proficiency, and confidence.
DOWNLOAD PDF
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VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Increasing Student Achievement Through Instructional Effectiveness

Dr. Antonia Saez Elementary School; San Juan, PR

  • Metro Status: Urban
  • Grades: K–6
  • Total Enrollment: 410
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 89%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Increasing Student Achievement Through Instructional Effectiveness

Dr. Antonia Saez Elementary School; San Juan, PR

GOALS

  • Develop an instructional focus around rigor, relevance, and relationships in order to improve students’ motivation to learn.
  • Clarify expectations for teachers and students by defining higher standards of instruction and of student performance.
  • Increase the number of students performing at the Proficient and Academic Advanced Performance Levels on the Puerto Rico Test of Achievement in Spanish Language Arts (SLA), English as a Second Language (ESL), and mathematics.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Ensuring College and Career Readiness for All Students by Strengthening Instruction

La Quinta High School; La Quinta, CA

  • Metro Status: Suburban
  • Grades: 9–12
  • ELL: 6%
  • Total Enrollment: 2,985
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 44%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Ensuring College and Career Readiness for All Students by Strengthening Instruction

La Quinta High School; La Quinta, CA

GOALS

  • Identify school-wide practices and policies for achieving a rigorous and relevant curriculum aligned to college- and career-readiness goals for all students.
  • Increase the engagement levels of students, in order to improve proficiency levels across the school’s substantial Career-Technical Education (CTE) program, large International Baccalaureate program, and other college preparatory programs.
  • Initiate a five-year school improvement effort to raise school-wide performance on the California High School Exit Examination.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Creating a Rigorous and Relevant Learning Environment

Owl Creek School; Fayetteville, AR

  • Metro Status: Rural
  • Grades: PreK-7
  • ELL: 15%
  • Total Enrollment: 815
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 68%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Creating a Rigorous and Relevant Learning Environment

Owl Creek School; Fayetteville, AR

GOALS

  • Raise rigor for students to increase academic outcomes.
  • Organize and tighten instruction.
  • Support staff through professional development to help implement change and drive student success.
DOWNLOAD PDF
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DEVELOP GREAT LEADERS

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Raising Achievement with a Comprehensive Literacy Plan

Midland Independent School District; Midland, TX

  • Metro Status: Small City
  • Total Schools: 34
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • ELL: 19%
  • Total Enrollment: 23,000
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 48%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Raising Achievement with a Comprehensive Literacy Plan

Midland Independent School District; Midland, TX

GOALS

  • A unified understanding of reading as the key to learning in all content areas.
  • Developing a stronger district-wide approach to reading interventions.
  • Implementing Scholastic’s READ 180® and System 44® with fidelity.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Implementing Next Generation Curriculum & Instruction

San Jacinto Unified School District; San Jacinto, CA

  • Metro Status: Suburban
  • Total Schools: 13
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • ELL: 27%
  • Total Enrollment: 12,067
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 71%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Implementing Next Generation Curriculum & Instruction

San Jacinto Unified School District; San Jacinto, CA

GOALS

  • Implement eight new units of ELA curriculum across every grade level in 2013–2014.
  • Map backward using Smarter Balanced’s four ELA claims and provided targets as a foundational framework to build brand new curriculum maps.
  • Bring new instructional strategies to life in classrooms.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Creating A Rigorous and Relevant Learning Environment

Owl Creek School; Fayetteville, AK

  • Metro Status: Rural
  • Grades: PreK-7
  • ELL: 15%
  • Total Enrollment: 815
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 68%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Creating A Rigorous and Relevant Learning Environment

Owl Creek School; Fayetteville, AK

GOALS

  • Raise rigor for students to increase academic outcomes.
  • Organize and tighten instruction.
  • Support staff through professional development to help implement change and drive student success.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Transforming Curriculum and Instruction for the Common Core

Warren City Schools; Warren, OH

  • Metro Status: Urban
  • Total Schools: 5
  • Grades: K–12
  • Total Enrollment: 1,843
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 81%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Transforming Curriculum and Instruction for the Common Core

Warren City Schools; Warren, OH

GOALS

  • Development of a coherent model of instructional leadership to guide student and professional learning focused on all students meeting the higher expectations of the new standards.
  • System-wide realization of what the Common Core State Standards require of both students and teachers, learned via deep understanding of the curriculum mapping process.
  • Template for Common Core State Standards unit construction, standards alignment to units, and complete unit templates.
  • Creation of summative performance tasks and formative assessment items for unit assessments.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Building Instructional Excellence

Merrillville High School; Merrillville, IN

  • Metro Status: Suburban
  • Grades: High School
  • Total Enrollment: 2,423
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 53%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Building Instructional Excellence

Merrillville High School; Merrillville, IN

GOALS

  • Adopt a school improvement plan that focuses on improving assessment scores and the graduation rates while supporting positive behavior, and a school-wide focus on literacy.
  • Deliver instruction that is relevant and rigorous, challenging to prepare students with skills required for success in college and career.
  • Emphasize and improve communication among school staff, parents, and the community to foster and support learning experiences that challenge students.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Instructional Improvement Through Leadership and Cultural Change

Labadieville Primary School; Labadieville, LA

  • Metro Status: Rural
  • Grades: PreK-5
  • Total Enrollment: 355
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 87%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Instructional Improvement Through Leadership and Cultural Change

Labadieville Primary School; Labadieville, LA

GOALS

  • Identify the school’s unique needs and create a sustainable plan to improve student achievement, engagement, and motivation.
  • Create a shared vision about what constitutes rigorous instruction at a school with a historically top-down decision-making structure.
  • Strengthen relationships among students, parents, faculty, and staff.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Making Academic Gains by Engaging Families and Communities

Cabell County School District; Huntington, WV

  • Metro Status: Urban and Rural
  • Total Schools: 28
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • Total Enrollment: 12,700
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 52%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Making Academic Gains by Engaging Families and Communities

Cabell County School District; Huntington, WV

GOALS

  • Increase the graduation rate.
  • Create a scalable and sustainable plan to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
  • Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment to close the achievement gap.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Transforming Instruction for the Common Core State Standards

Yakima School Disitrict; Yakima, WA

  • Metro Status: Rural
  • Total Schools: 24
  • Grades: K–12
  • Total Enrollment: 14,853
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 82.5%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Transforming Instruction for the Common Core State Standards

Yakima School Disitrict; Yakima, WA

GOALS

  • Building district-wide understanding of the instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards.
  • Supporting district leadership in aligning the current K–12 math curriculum with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
  • Deepening instructional capacity of teachers, and instructional leadership of school and central office administrators.
DOWNLOAD PDF
Back
VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Creating a Shared Vision of Success to Increase Student Achievement

School District of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA

  • Metro Status: Urban
  • Total Schools: 274
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • Total Enrollment: 166,233
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 75.6%
CLOSE THE CASE STUDY

Creating a Shared Vision of Success to Increase Student Achievement

School District of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA

GOALS

  • Increase leadership and instructional capacity to achieve a shared vision of success.
  • Strengthen instructional practices and professional development opportunities.
  • Improve students’ standardized scores, reading proficiency, and confidence.
DOWNLOAD PDF
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VIEW THE CASE STUDY

Increasing Student Achievement Through Instructional Effectiveness

Dr. Antonia Saez Elementary School; San Juan, PR

  • Metro Status: Urban
  • Total Schools: 63
  • Grades: PreK–12
  • Total Enrollment: 410
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 89%
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Increasing Student Achievement Through Instructional Effectiveness

Dr. Antonia Saez Elementary School; San Juan, PR

GOALS

  • Develop an instructional focus around rigor, relevance, and relationships in order to improve students’ motivation to learn.
  • Clarify expectations for teachers and students by defining higher standards of instruction and of student performance.
  • Increase the number of students performing at the Proficient and Academic Advanced Performance Levels on the Puerto Rico Test of Achievement in Spanish Language Arts (SLA), English as a Second Language (ESL), and mathematics.
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Ensuring College and Career Readiness for All Students by Strengthening Instruction

La Quinta High School; La Quinta, CA

  • Metro Status: Suburban
  • Grades: 9–12
  • ELL: 6%
  • Total Enrollment: 2,985
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 44%
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Ensuring College and Career Readiness for All Students by Strengthening Instruction

La Quinta High School; La Quinta, CA

GOALS

  • Identify school-wide practices and policies for achieving a rigorous and relevant curriculum aligned to college- and career-readiness goals for all students.
  • Increase the engagement levels of students, in order to improve proficiency levels across the school’s substantial Career-Technical Education (CTE) program, large International Baccalaureate program, and other college preparatory programs.
  • Initiate a five-year school improvement effort to raise school-wide performance on the California High School Exit Examination.
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Creating a Rigorous and Relevant Learning Environment

Owl Creek School; Fayetteville, AR

  • Metro Status: Rural
  • Grades: PreK-7
  • ELL: 15%
  • Total Enrollment: 815
  • Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch: 68%
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Creating a Rigorous and Relevant Learning Environment

Owl Creek School; Fayetteville, AR

GOALS

  • Raise rigor for students to increase academic outcomes.
  • Organize and tighten instruction.
  • Support staff through professional development to help implement change and drive student success.
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