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ERIC Number: ED545132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Promising Practices in Professional Growth & Support: "Case Study of Achievement First"
Education Resource Strategies
Four organizations with promising practices in teacher Professional Growth & Support have significantly raised outcomes for low-income students. The charter management networks, Achievement First and Aspire Public Schools, and the two reform organizations, Teach Plus and Agile Mind, have successfully increased student achievement with a sustained focus on teaching effectiveness and capacity. As these organizations respond to the challenges of Common Core standards, invest heavily in teaching capacity through teacher leadership and collaborative planning time, and capitalize on assessment and evaluation data and technology, they exemplify best practices in Professional Growth & Support. They also reinforce what Education Resource Strategies (ERS) terms the Eight Principles of a Strategic Professional Growth & Support System which are presented here. The eight principles summarize ERS research and work with partner school systems and are the foundation for ERS' white paper, "A New Vision for Teacher Professional Growth & Support: Six Steps to a More Powerful School System Strategy" and related tools. This publication, is one of a series of four case studies. Each one describes the mission and background of the organization, strategic approaches to Professional Growth & Support, performance results, program costs, lessons learned, and next steps. The focus of this "Case Study of Achievement First" explores a holistic approach to teacher effectiveness, which integrates Professional Growth & Support with key human capital and teaching support functions such as curriculum development, performance evaluation, student assessment, compensation, and career path. Appended are: (1) Schedule of Professional Growth and Teaching Support Functions; (2) AF's Use of Teacher Non-Instructional Time; (3) Teaching Excellence Framework; (4) AF's Essentials of Effective Instruction; and (5) Sample Career Stage Calculator. [Other titles in this series of case studies include: (1) Promising Practices in Professional Growth & Support: "Case Study of Aspire Public Schools" ED545133; (2) Promising Practices in Professional Growth & Support: "Case Study of Teach Plus" ED545134; and (3) Promising Practices in Professional Growth & Support: "Case Study of Agile Mind" ED545136.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Resource Strategies
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; New York; Rhode Island