- Strong Voice: Juliana Worrell
- Strong Voice: Sultana
- Cold Call: Hannah Lofthus
- Cold Call: Jesse Rector
- Precise Praise: Bob Zimmerli
- Precise Praise: Hilary Lewis
Strong Voice 1: Juliana Worrell
Juliana Worrell shows you without words how to make sure students don't interrupt.
Strong Voice 2: Sultana Noormuhammad
Sultana Noormuhammad shows how to use Juliana's technique with a larger group to make sure students remain attentive.
Cold Call 1: Hannah Lofthus
Hannah Lofthus shows how to hold students accountable for listening by Cold Calling, calling on them regardless of whose hand is up… AND by keeping it positive.
Cold Call 2: Jesse Rector
Jesse Rector shows you how Cold Calling can be incredibly rigorous and awaken your students’ pride in their achievement.
Precise Praise 1: Bob Zimmerli
Bob Zimmerli shows you how to make positive reinforcement doubly powerful by distinguishing acknowledgment from praise.
Precise Praise 2: Hilary Lewis
Hilary Lewis shows you how to reinforce behaviors (things students can choose to do) rather than traits.. AND how to align that reinforcement to your lesson goals.
We Are Committed to Developing Great Teachers
We know that great teachers are eager for growth and development. They need the time and tools to do their jobs effectively, and they deserve ongoing support on the implementation of Taxonomy techniques and more. Our commitment to core support includes:
During the month of August, new and returning teachers come together to prepare for a year of excellent instruction. The Taxonomy of Effective Teaching Practices provides the cornerstone for discussions and planning.
An ongoing cycle of observation, feedback, and debriefing allows our teachers and leaders to focus on what is working and what can be improved.
Weekly Professional Development
One afternoon per week is devoted to school-wide professional development coordinated by instructional leaders. Topics include building classroom effectiveness, lesson planning, and data analysis.
We believe in the value of collaborative planning, achievement analysis, culture building, and reflection across grade levels. Grade-level chairs spearhead this continuous process.
Pathways to Leadership
We recognize and celebrate the hard work of our teachers by providing pathways toward becoming a lead teacher, grade-level chair, department chair, or instructional leader within Uncommon Schools.
All of our teachers are equipped with a laptop computer, email, internet access and all necessary instructional supplies.
By Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
Data-driven instruction has been touted as a key framework for increasing student achievement. Yet for every school that succeeds with this model, many more fall short and, despite years of intense effort, fail. Why? The schools that focus on the core drivers that matter separate themselves from schools that do not.
- Assessments: Redefining Rigor
- Analysis I: Leading a MS Analysis Meeting
- Analysis II: Leading Elementary Analysis
- Action: Teaching More Effectively
- Culture: PD on Driven by Data
Assessments: Redefining Rigor
Jesse Rector and Paul Bambrick-Santoyo show how creating the right assessment can give you a roadmap to higher achievement.
Analysis I: Leading a MS Analysis Meeting
Jesse Rector and Paul Chin show that just diagnosing the error is not enough: you need specific action plans that target students’ weaknesses.
Analysis II: Leading an Elementary Assessment Analysis Meeting
Action: Teaching More Effectively Because of Data Analysis
Culture: Professional Development on Driven by Data
Paul Bambrick-Santoyo shows how to build a data-driven culture by leading effective professional development for leaders and teachers
The National Impact: Driven by Data Is Driving Results
A growing number of schools nationwide are benefitting from the successful implementation of an Uncommon data-driven instructional model to increase learning. Here are a some examples:
- From 2004 to 2008, Jarvis Sanford led Chicago's Dodge Academy from a struggling school to one of the highest-achieving schools in Chicago. During a similar time span, James Verrilli led already high-achieving North Star Academy to four consecutive years of improved results that lifted the school from one of the tops in Newark to the highest-achieving urban school in New Jersey.
- Leaders who have been trained in this data-driven instructional model are now leading some of the highest-gaining or highest-achieving schools in eight cities across the country: Chicago, Baltimore, Oakland, New York, New Orleans, Washington, DC, Newark, and Rochester, NY. These are district schools and charter schools, small and large, elementary and high schools.
Over 300 schools have explicitly implemented the data-driven instructional model presented in Driven by Data. By following the right drivers, every type of school can succeed.
How It Works at Uncommon
Teachers and leaders get extensive development in the keys of Driven by Data:
Teachers have rigorous assessments that drive great teaching, and they do deep analysis of interim assessment results to make in-course corrections that guarantee higher student learning results.
Leaders receive training in how to lead effective assessment analysis meetings and how to put in place a productive data-driven culture that defines a higher bar for rigor for all students. All of this is embedded within a strong instructional leadership model that includes observation and feedback, curriculum planning, and leading professional development.
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Uncommon Schools announces completion of North Star Academy's brand new, 52,000 square foot facility
Fri, 2011/10/14 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE