Category Archives: Race to the Top

Hawaii Zones of School Innovation Committed to Improvement

Investing in teachers, time, services and technology to close achievement gaps Bem is a ninth-grade student who lives with his parents, cousins and grandparents, migrants from the Marshall Islands, in a sparsely populated area of the island of Hawaii, 25 … Continue reading

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Georgia’s Performance Learning Centers Help Students Get Back on Track

Last February, 16-year-old Megan enrolled at the Richmond County Performance Learning Center in Augusta, Georgia, with just one high school credit to her name. She had lost ground academically while caring for her ill father and then was thrust into … Continue reading

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Colorado Teachers Leading New Standards Adoption

Teachers create tools to help peers develop rigorous lessons focused on college- and career-readiness. Pam Gibble is a veteran teacher with 25 years of classroom experience. She teaches health and physical education at Mountain Range High School in Colorado’s Adams 12 … Continue reading

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Tennessee Improves Teacher Preparation Programs Through Report Cards

Last year, the teacher preparation program at Nashville’s Lipscomb University was named one of the nation’s best by the National Council on Teacher Quality. In November, the State’s 2013 Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs also lauded … Continue reading

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Delaware’s Teacher Preparation is Setting a Higher Bar

When Frederika Jenner began teaching elementary school mathematics 42 years ago, she realized that she wasn’t fully prepared. “I didn’t have opportunities to learn innovative ways to teach mathematics,” she said. “There were some important skills and strategies that were … Continue reading

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Race to the Top Boosts STEM in Maryland Early Grades

On a recent Tuesday evening, about a dozen elementary school teachers huddled together in a classroom at a Towson University satellite campus in Aberdeen, Maryland, north of Baltimore, debating the best ways to conserve water and how long a faucet … Continue reading

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Ohio’s New School Models Spur Innovation

Aunay, a junior at Winton Woods High School outside of Cincinnati, is figuring out what she can do to combat the problem of child labor around the world for a school project. Meanwhile, in Cleveland, Yasmine, who is a junior … Continue reading

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Washington D.C. Charters, District Schools Collaborate Around College- and Career-Ready Standards

Two hundred teachers from diverse schools inspire and learn from one another to increase student engagement and achievement. The rhythmic sound of poetry could be heard coming from the second-grade classroom at Ross Elementary School in Washington, D.C., one recent … Continue reading

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Educators Explain Colorado’s New Performance Evaluation System

Throughout this school year, the Denver Post is reporting the experiences and views of four Colorado teachers as their districts fully roll out the new educator evaluation requirements for the first time.  Each district is taking a slightly different approach; some … Continue reading

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Teachers Leading Transformative Changes in Ohio School Districts

Teachers are taking the lead in increasing college and career readiness and improving instruction in several school districts in Southeastern Ohio, according to the Ohio Race to the Top newsletter. High school teachers in the Franklin Local School District near … Continue reading

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