Where We Made An Impact

Math Standards and Curriculum Implementation Partnership

Independence Mission Schools

For over 300 educators across a network of 16 independent Catholic schools, we’re providing professional learning and implementation support for a high-quality, openly-available math curriculum.  In close partnership with district leaders, we have addressed planning for curriculum roll-out, change management, and measuring impact.  For teachers, we’re leading a grade-level and curriculum-specific professional learning series focused on math content and pedagogy. This partnership will support IMS to strategically implement this new curriculum, build teachers’ capacity, and achieve their mission of providing a high-quality education for underserved students of all faiths throughout Philadelphia.

ELA Content Leader Initiative

Louisiana Department of Education

We lead the state of Louisiana’s ELA Content Leader initiative.  In this training program, Louisiana educators deepen their knowledge of the ELA Guidebooks curriculum, standards-aligned instructional practices in literacy, and best practices for adult professional learning.  This program prepares educators to be content and curriculum experts and lead curriculum-based PD in their schools.  In 2018, the program has grown from 70 to almost 350 educators and will support thousands of teachers and students across the state to meet the expectations of the Louisiana Student Standards.  Over 90% of Louisiana’s LEAs are participating.  Read about how this program changed a Louisiana Content Leaders’ mind about this rigorous curriculum and her expectations for what’s possible for students.

Foundations of Early Literacy

Denver Public Schools

In a multi-year partnership, we trained over 2,500 Pre-K to 3rd grade educators on instructional practices aligned to Colorado’s literacy standards in collaboration with CenterPoint Education (formerly PARCC, Inc.).  Our professional learning series deeply engaged educators in the components of comprehensive reading instruction in both English and Spanish to meet the needs of DPS’ dual-language teachers and bilingual students. After a year of our support, DPS saw a 17% increase in K-3 students reading on grade level and a 6% increase in 3rd grade literacy scores on the 2017 Colorado Measures of Academic Success assessment (PARCC).  This work helped make significant progress towards DPS’ goal of all 3rd grade students reading and writing on-grade level by 2020. 

Core Literacy Fellows

DC Charter and Public School Grant Consortium

In partnership with Chavez Schools, we led a yearlong professional learning community for leadership teams of 10 DC schools.  This network focused on a problem of practice unique to DC’s public and charter community: increasing cross-sector collaboration to improve secondary literacy achievement and deepen schools’ implementation of the Common Core Standards.  In this program, teams of leaders developed a clear vision for standards-aligned instruction in ELA/literacy, analyzed school-specific data, and designed professional learning experiences to drive their teachers’ development.