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December 01, 2014

We're Getting STEAMrolled: Stop Creating Favored Classes of Content

Data indicates a stark difference in the amount of time spent on reading and math compared to other subjects. Unfortunately, these other subjects suffer as a result.

November 28, 2014

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Plucker, Feigler, Saultz, & McShane

Some guest stars will blog on RHSU through Christmas: Jonathan Plucker, Andre Feigler, Andrew Saultz, and Mike McShane. Enjoy!

August 29, 2014

Rethinking Teacher Compensation to Attract and Retain Top Talent

Several years ago, YES Prep replaced a step-and-lane teacher compensation system with our Teacher Continuum. Here are some key lessons we've learned.

August 27, 2014

Teacher Evaluation Systems Based on Trust, Transparency, and Growth

At YES Prep, our Instructional Excellence Rubric (IER) is the foundation for our teacher development and evaluation system. Three principles for successful teacher evaluation have guided our work.

August 26, 2014

For Teacher Training, On-the-Job, Contextualized Support Is Key

What we believe contributes most to a teacher's success is the support available at school. Realizing this, we created our own teacher training and certification program.

August 25, 2014

One Secret to Success at YES Prep: Hiring the Right People

What's the secret sauce at YES Prep? This week, we will discuss the main driver of our success: the quality of our people. Let's start with how we hire them.

August 22, 2014

Secretary Duncan's Course Correction on Teacher Evaluation

Secretary Duncan announced that states will get additional flexibility and time to get teacher evaluation right. But will his announcement bring about change?

August 21, 2014

4 Steps to Successfully Personalize Learning in Your School

There are certainly challenges in adopting personalized learning, but I believe the benefits are more compelling each day. Here are 4 critical steps when launching a personalized learning initiative.

August 20, 2014

How Schools Can Benefit from Personalized Learning—and Keep Data Safe

Data is necessary to adequately define and address student needs. How can a school protect student information and still benefit from personalizing instruction?

August 19, 2014

(Unintentionally) Ironic Blended-Learning Study Shows Principals How to Avoid Critical Mistake

The tendency to standardize content even permeates professional development for personalized learning. So how can principals give personalized learning a real chance to succeed?

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