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ERIC Number: ED545134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Promising Practices in Professional Growth & Support: "Case Study of Teach Plus"
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 "Case Study of Teach Plus" 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 primary focus of this case study is Teach Plus' innovative teacher leader program, which builds the capacity of staff school-wide through teacher teaming and data analysis. An overview of T3 Teacher Leader-LED Teams is appended. [Other case studies in this series are: (1) Promising Practices in Professional Growth & Support: "Case Study of Aspire Public Schools" ED545133; (2) Promising Practices in Professional Growth & Support: "Case Study of Achievement First" ED545132; 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; Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Resource Strategies
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System