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Reinforcing an Academic Mindset Through Student-Led Action Planning and Parent Conferences

Leadership Public Schools–Richmond (Charter), Richmond, CA

A charter high school reinforces an academic mindset through a processthat includes ongoing review of academic progress, reflection on character strengths, action planning, and student-led conferences with parents.

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Academic Interventions

Analyzing Benchmark Data to Plan for Corrective Instruction

Leadership Public Schools–Hayward (Charter), 94545, CA

Geometry teachers collaborate to analyze data from the year's first benchmark exam and plan for several days of corrective instruction. They conduct standards and item-level analyses, identify student misconceptions, and determine plans for addressing misconceptions at the whole-class and small-group levels.

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Applying Intervention Learnings to Strengthen Classroom Instruction

Cheltenham Elementary School (Denver Public Schools)

Leadership team members discuss strengthening core classroom reading instruction and their long-term goal of lessening the need for interventions. They explain how data analysis around intervention has identified schoolwide gaps in instruction and how they are addressing gaps without additional layers of intervention.

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Benchmark Analysis and Action Plan

Community Day Charter Public School, Lawrence, MA

Includes plans for spiral-reviewing standards and sub-standards into homework assignments, Do Nows, mini-lessons, quizzes, and tests. Identifies whole-class vs. small-group teaching needed to address students' needs, and lists students of significant concern and instructional strategies designed to attend to their needs.

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Collaboration to Align and Improve Corrective Instruction

Leadership Public Schools–Hayward (Charter), 94545, CA

Geometry teachers following a lesson briefing protocol to discuss a corrective instruction lesson they planned to address whole-course needs following a benchmark exam. The teacher who has already taught the lesson briefs the teacher who has yet to teach it, sharing successes and seeking feedback to improve the lesson's quality.

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Corrective Instruction Practices to Support Student Efficacy

Leadership Public Schools–Hayward (Charter), 94545, CA

Videos highlight high school math teachers' corrective instruction practices and student engagement in data analysis and reflection. Includes benchmark data analysis, collaborative planning for corrective instruction, postbenchmark whole and small-group corrective instruction, and daily data tracking and goal setting by students in a ninth-grade numeracy...

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Classroom Management

Building Students' Numerical Fluency Skills

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (Harvard Site), Los Angeles, CA

A third-grade teacher leads an activity to develop students' fluency in counting by threes and sixes, a step toward automaticity with multiplication facts. The teacher pushes her students to notice patterns and make connections between numbers to buildtheir number sense as they are working on procedural math skills.

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Classroom Observation Summary Template

YES Prep North Central (Charter), Houston, TX

YES Prep full-lesson, evaluative observation form. Includes descriptions of teacher-performance standards from school's Instructional Excellence Rubric with numerical ratings. Rubric scores, key take-aways, and next steps discussed during post-observation conference to prepare for formal evaluation meetings. Used midyear and at end of the year.

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Conducting Principal Observations to Hone Targeted Instruction

Monarch Academy (Charter), Aspire Public Schools, Oakland, CA

Principal shares protocol for and benefits of teacher observation. Shows observation of 3rd-grade teacher conducting lesson based on recent data-team meeting during which teachers analyzed a diagnostic assessment and determined which students did not yet understand fraction equivalency. Also includes parts of a debrief between principal and teacher.

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Creating Structures and Protocols for Focused Data Talks

Monarch Academy (Charter), Aspire Public Schools, Oakland, CA

Explores how a principal implements "Data Talks," a systemized, schoolwide protocol for ensuring teachers know how to use data to drive instruction. Highlights how she developed the roles of "lead teachers" to support their grade-level peers in honing their instruction.

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Debriefing a Teaching Candidate's Demonstration Lesson

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, Washington, DC

Highlights a selection team's postdemonstration lesson debrief with a teaching candidate and an activity designed to simulate a coaching session with the school's literacy coach. The team then meets alone to analyze the candidate's performance during the lesson and postlesson interview and decide on next steps.

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College and Career Readiness

Analyzing Benchmark Data to Plan for Corrective Instruction

Leadership Public Schools–Hayward (Charter), 94545, CA

Geometry teachers collaborate to analyze data from the year's first benchmark exam and plan for several days of corrective instruction. They conduct standards and item-level analyses, identify student misconceptions, and determine plans for addressing misconceptions at the whole-class and small-group levels.

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Building College-Readiness Skills in Chemistry

Hollis F. Price Middle College High School (Memphis City Schools)

A high school teacher facilitates a chemistry lab. During small-group work and whole-group discussion he prompts students to formulate predictions, collect and analyze data, synthesize information and verbalize understanding of important concepts. He reflects on instructional challenges and strategies for developing students' sense of self-efficacy.

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Building Student Self-Efficacy Through Student-Led Study Groups

Hollis F. Price Middle College High School (Memphis City Schools)

Ninth- and twelfth-grade cohorts of students participate in student-led study groups. The facilitating teacher explains how these study groups help students develop peer-mentoring and self-efficacy skills. Students reflect on how these study groups support their success in college classes.

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Building Students' Numerical Fluency Skills

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (Harvard Site), Los Angeles, CA

A third-grade teacher leads an activity to develop students' fluency in counting by threes and sixes, a step toward automaticity with multiplication facts. The teacher pushes her students to notice patterns and make connections between numbers to buildtheir number sense as they are working on procedural math skills.

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Coaching on Questioning Strategies to Enhance Instructional Rigor

Boston Collegiate Charter School, Boston, MA

Middle school principal observes and coaches second-year eighth-grade history teacher on instructional rigor. Coaching focuses on analyzing the level of rigor in the questions the teacher posed during the observed lesson and generating a list of question stems that could be incorporated into daily instruction to scaffold students' critical thinking.

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Curriculum Mapping

Analyzing Benchmark Data to Plan for Corrective Instruction

Leadership Public Schools–Hayward (Charter), 94545, CA

Geometry teachers collaborate to analyze data from the year's first benchmark exam and plan for several days of corrective instruction. They conduct standards and item-level analyses, identify student misconceptions, and determine plans for addressing misconceptions at the whole-class and small-group levels.

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Building Students' Numerical Fluency Skills

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (Harvard Site), Los Angeles, CA

A third-grade teacher leads an activity to develop students' fluency in counting by threes and sixes, a step toward automaticity with multiplication facts. The teacher pushes her students to notice patterns and make connections between numbers to buildtheir number sense as they are working on procedural math skills.

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Collaboration to Align and Improve Corrective Instruction

Leadership Public Schools–Hayward (Charter), 94545, CA

Geometry teachers following a lesson briefing protocol to discuss a corrective instruction lesson they planned to address whole-course needs following a benchmark exam. The teacher who has already taught the lesson briefs the teacher who has yet to teach it, sharing successes and seeking feedback to improve the lesson's quality.

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Corrective Instruction Practices to Support Student Efficacy

Leadership Public Schools–Hayward (Charter), 94545, CA

Videos highlight high school math teachers' corrective instruction practices and student engagement in data analysis and reflection. Includes benchmark data analysis, collaborative planning for corrective instruction, postbenchmark whole and small-group corrective instruction, and daily data tracking and goal setting by students in a ninth-grade numeracy...

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Daily Data-Tracking and Goal-Setting to Build Student Efficacy

Leadership Public Schools–Hayward (Charter), 94545, CA

Video of a ninth-grade "academic numeracy" course designed to support algebra instruction, build students' second- through seventh-grade math skills, and change students' dispositions about math. Students engage in daily goal setting and public and private data tracking as they build their numeracy skills. Technology supports real-time data collection and...

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Differentiated Instruction

Accommodations Overview

Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, Hyde Park, MA

Chart listing appropriate accommodations and modifications (out of list of 43) for students with IEPs in sixth-grade English language arts class. Includes in-class work and assessment accommodations.

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Analyzing Benchmark Data to Plan for Corrective Instruction

Leadership Public Schools–Hayward (Charter), 94545, CA

Geometry teachers collaborate to analyze data from the year's first benchmark exam and plan for several days of corrective instruction. They conduct standards and item-level analyses, identify student misconceptions, and determine plans for addressing misconceptions at the whole-class and small-group levels.

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Benchmark Analysis and Action Plan

Community Day Charter Public School, Lawrence, MA

Includes plans for spiral-reviewing standards and sub-standards into homework assignments, Do Nows, mini-lessons, quizzes, and tests. Identifies whole-class vs. small-group teaching needed to address students' needs, and lists students of significant concern and instructional strategies designed to attend to their needs.

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Coaching and Evaluating Teachers on Instructional Rigor

YES Prep North Central (Charter), Houston, TX

Instructional leaders at a charter school use an Instructional Excellence Rubric to observe, coach, and evaluate teachers. Coaches work with teachers to increase rigor by setting ambitious lesson objectives and creating higher-level small-group and independent activities. Midyear teacher-evaluation meetings link instructional goal-setting to student data.

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Coaching on Instructional Pacing and Differentiation

Boston Collegiate Charter School, Boston, MA

Dean of curriculum observes and coaches new seventh-grade writing teacher on pacing and differentiation. Feedback focuses on the teacher's need to adjust the time allotted to whole-group instruction and allow more independent writing time for students who are ready to advance while providing differentiated support for struggling students.

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English Language Learners

Analyzing Benchmark Data to Identify Student Misconceptions

Community Day Charter Public School, Lawrence, MA

A 6th-grade math team analyzes benchmark assessment data to identify common student misconceptions. They use a series of itemized data reports and templates to discover that students struggle with Lowest Common Multiple (LCM). They hypothesize that second language issues are contributing to this struggle for some English Language Learners.

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Benchmark Analysis and Action Plan

Community Day Charter Public School, Lawrence, MA

Includes plans for spiral-reviewing standards and sub-standards into homework assignments, Do Nows, mini-lessons, quizzes, and tests. Identifies whole-class vs. small-group teaching needed to address students' needs, and lists students of significant concern and instructional strategies designed to attend to their needs.

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Completed Focused Observation Form

Monarch Academy (Charter), Aspire Public Schools, Oakland, CA

Notes and feedback on a highly skilled third-grade teacher's math lesson. Principal's completed observation form recounts specific teacher and student actions to provide feedback on instructional and classroom-management strategies. Suggests specific strategies for teacher to try and asks guiding questions for the teacher to respond to in 24 hours.

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Coplanning with an Instructional Coach to Define Student Outcomes

Bruce Randolph Middle School (Denver Public Schools)

This clip highlights the prebrief part of a coaching cycle, during which an instructional coach plans with the teacher. During this prebrief, the coach works with a seventh-grade language arts teacher to define student outcomes for weekly book clubs, such as students engaging in "authentic" conversations.

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Coteaching with an Instructional Coach to Model Best Practices

Bruce Randolph Middle School (Denver Public Schools)

An instructional coach coteaches with a seventh-grade language arts teacher as part of a three-part coaching cycle that includes coplanning, coteaching, and debriefing a lesson. The lesson focuses on supporting students to build a rubric that outlines expectations for engaging in "good, accountable talk" during weekly book club meetings.

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Lesson Planning

Accommodations Overview

Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, Hyde Park, MA

Chart listing appropriate accommodations and modifications (out of list of 43) for students with IEPs in sixth-grade English language arts class. Includes in-class work and assessment accommodations.

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Analyzing Benchmark Data to Plan for Corrective Instruction

Leadership Public Schools–Hayward (Charter), 94545, CA

Geometry teachers collaborate to analyze data from the year's first benchmark exam and plan for several days of corrective instruction. They conduct standards and item-level analyses, identify student misconceptions, and determine plans for addressing misconceptions at the whole-class and small-group levels.

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Building a Structured Format for Data Talks

Monarch Academy (Charter), Aspire Public Schools, Oakland, CA

Lead teacher conducting 3rd-grade Data Talk provides glimpse into protocols and pre- and post-meeting expectations. Teachers participate in an in-depth analysis and discussion about students' performance on diagnostic assessment on fractions.

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Classroom Observation Summary Template

YES Prep North Central (Charter), Houston, TX

YES Prep full-lesson, evaluative observation form. Includes descriptions of teacher-performance standards from school's Instructional Excellence Rubric with numerical ratings. Rubric scores, key take-aways, and next steps discussed during post-observation conference to prepare for formal evaluation meetings. Used midyear and at end of the year.

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Coaches Coaching Each Other

Boston Collegiate Charter School, Boston, MA

Dean of curriculum solicits advice from leadership team on personal challenge concerning how to coach a new teacher who meets many but not all performance expectations. The team brainstorms coaching tactics and language to use to provide supportive coaching while maintaining consistent accountability standards.

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Social and Emotional Skills

Addressing Resistant Staff

LaRose Elementary School (Memphis City Schools)

Teachers describe their initial resistance to change and eventual buy-in to principal's vision for workstations. Principal provides opportunities for teachers to share and practice strategies to build their comfort level with workstations. Principal reflects on personal leadership lessons and importance of having difficult conversations with resistant staff.

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Early Intervention for On-Track Graduation and College Readiness

East High School (Denver Public Schools)

A high school screens and places incoming ninth-graders at risk of getting off track for graduation in supplemental classes that support and accelerate learning in core subjects. Teachers integrate affective development into instruction and in one-on-one student conferences. Staff uses academic and affective data to monitor and adjust interventions.

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Freshmen Seminar SEL Curriculum

Mastery Charter Schools (Shoemaker Campus), Philadelphia, PA

Outlines the freshman seminar social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum objectives, activities, and resources. Ninth-grade SEL classes teach students skills like violence prevention, decision-making, conflict resolution, positive peer interactions, and active listening, as well as techniques like code-switching and Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

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Integrating Affective Development into Secondary Instruction

East High School (Denver Public Schools)

Academic Success Class teachers attend to students' affective development in daily instruction and in weekly individual conferences to monitor grades, set goals, and build resiliency skills. Teacher prompts students to identify areas for improvement, reflect on obstacles to success, and strategize goals and action steps for the coming week.

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Monitoring Students at Risk of Getting Off Track for Graduation

East High School (Denver Public Schools)

In weekly meeting, RTI team monitors high-need students at risk of becoming off track and reviews individual student data on achievement, credit accumulation, current grades, attendance, behavior, intervention and support service history, and input from current teachers to make immediate adjustments to interventions and assign responsibility for follow-up.

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Special Education

Accommodations Overview

Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, Hyde Park, MA

Chart listing appropriate accommodations and modifications (out of list of 43) for students with IEPs in sixth-grade English language arts class. Includes in-class work and assessment accommodations.

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Coaches Coaching Each Other

Boston Collegiate Charter School, Boston, MA

Dean of curriculum solicits advice from leadership team on personal challenge concerning how to coach a new teacher who meets many but not all performance expectations. The team brainstorms coaching tactics and language to use to provide supportive coaching while maintaining consistent accountability standards.

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Coplanning Lessons and Modifications for Special-Needs Students in an Inclusion Classroom

Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, Hyde Park, MA

A general- and special-education teacher meet to prepare for coteaching a sixth-grade English language arts reading workshop in an inclusion classroom. They review coteaching norms, lesson objectives, standards, and learning activities; discuss appropriate accommodations and modifications for a special-needs student; and agree upon a coteaching plan.

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Coteaching Professional Development Plan

Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, Hyde Park, MA

Includes overview of benefits of coteaching, coteacher responsibilities, guidelines for coteaching norms and processes, and descriptions of different coteaching configurations. Materials used in summer professional development session to inform whole faculty about Boston Prep's coteaching model and build schoolwide culture of inclusion.

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Coteaching Special-Needs Students in an Inclusion Classroom

Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, Hyde Park, MA

A general- and special-education teacher coteach a sixth-grade reading workshop in an inclusion classroom, making accommodations and modifications for special-needs students. Includes team-teaching during whole-group instruction, parallel teaching during small-group guided reading, and formative data collection with individual students during independent...

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Standards-Aligned Curriculum

Aligning Instruction to the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice

Alton Elementary School (Memphis City Schools)

Afifth grade teacher supports the development of students' ability to meet theCCSS for Mathematical Practice by prompting them to work in pairs to solve problems using diagrams and mathematical expressions, as well asto explain their mathematical thinking in writing and oral presentations.

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Analyzing Benchmark Data to Plan for Corrective Instruction

Leadership Public Schools–Hayward (Charter), 94545, CA

Geometry teachers collaborate to analyze data from the year's first benchmark exam and plan for several days of corrective instruction. They conduct standards and item-level analyses, identify student misconceptions, and determine plans for addressing misconceptions at the whole-class and small-group levels.

Video

Building College-Readiness Skills in Chemistry

Hollis F. Price Middle College High School (Memphis City Schools)

A high school teacher facilitates a chemistry lab. During small-group work and whole-group discussion he prompts students to formulate predictions, collect and analyze data, synthesize information and verbalize understanding of important concepts. He reflects on instructional challenges and strategies for developing students' sense of self-efficacy.

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Building Students' Numerical Fluency Skills

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (Harvard Site), Los Angeles, CA

A third-grade teacher leads an activity to develop students' fluency in counting by threes and sixes, a step toward automaticity with multiplication facts. The teacher pushes her students to notice patterns and make connections between numbers to buildtheir number sense as they are working on procedural math skills.

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Collaboration to Align and Improve Corrective Instruction

Leadership Public Schools–Hayward (Charter), 94545, CA

Geometry teachers following a lesson briefing protocol to discuss a corrective instruction lesson they planned to address whole-course needs following a benchmark exam. The teacher who has already taught the lesson briefs the teacher who has yet to teach it, sharing successes and seeking feedback to improve the lesson's quality.

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Instructional Practices

5–10 Minute Classroom Observation Template and Completed Forms

Boston Collegiate Charter School, Boston, MA

Form used by administrators to conduct brief, frequent classroom observations. Contains measures for instructional rigor, narrative observational notes, Yes/No checklist for 12 aspects of teaching, including student engagement, lesson objectives, resources, assessment, and classroom management. Completed examples from 7th-grade writing and math included.

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Analyzing Benchmark Data to Plan for Corrective Instruction

Leadership Public Schools–Hayward (Charter), 94545, CA

Geometry teachers collaborate to analyze data from the year's first benchmark exam and plan for several days of corrective instruction. They conduct standards and item-level analyses, identify student misconceptions, and determine plans for addressing misconceptions at the whole-class and small-group levels.

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Analyzing Teacher Evaluation Data to Identify Areas of Need

J.O. Wilson Elementary School (Washington DC Schools)

Principal facilitates a faculty meeting to analyze teacher evaluation data and to set a schoolwide focus on the standard for developing higher-level understanding through effective questioning. Teachers share strategies for meeting one of the most challenging indicators—getting students to ask the teacher and each otherhigher-level questions.

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Building College-Readiness Skills in Chemistry

Hollis F. Price Middle College High School (Memphis City Schools)

A high school teacher facilitates a chemistry lab. During small-group work and whole-group discussion he prompts students to formulate predictions, collect and analyze data, synthesize information and verbalize understanding of important concepts. He reflects on instructional challenges and strategies for developing students' sense of self-efficacy.

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Building Student Self-Efficacy Through Student-Led Study Groups

Hollis F. Price Middle College High School (Memphis City Schools)

Ninth- and twelfth-grade cohorts of students participate in student-led study groups. The facilitating teacher explains how these study groups help students develop peer-mentoring and self-efficacy skills. Students reflect on how these study groups support their success in college classes.

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Individualized learning plans

Boosting Parent Engagement Through Collaborative Goal-Setting

Red Bank Charter School, Red Bank, NJ

To promote parent engagement in student learning, a charter school uses parent conferences as an opportunity to collaboratively set goals and monitor student progress throughout the school year.

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Reinforcing an Academic Mindset Through Student-Led Action Planning and Parent Conferences

Leadership Public Schools–Richmond (Charter), Richmond, CA

A charter high school reinforces an academic mindset through a processthat includes ongoing review of academic progress, reflection on character strengths, action planning, and student-led conferences with parents.

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