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03.06.18 Ashley LaGrassa: How Formative Writing Built Buy-In and Engagement

TLAC Fellow Ashley LaGrassa, an 8th grade English teacher at Rochester Prep has spent much of this year studying writing in the classroom with us. One of the topics we’ve talked about quite a bit is the synergy between formative and summative writing. Summative writing asks students to write a final response, to have an opinion…


03.02.18 The University Prep Turnaround, Part 5: David Singer’s Reflection

This is the fifth and final in a series of posts written by David Singer and his staff at University Prep – Steele Street in which they describe their lessons in taking over and turning around a previously failing school.  This post features David’s reflections on the role of a planning year to ensure that staff…


03.01.18 The University Prep Turnaround, Part 4: Clare Lundquist Talks Academics

  This is the fourth in a series of posts written by David Singer and his staff at University Prep – Steele Street in which they describe their lessons in taking over and turning around a previously failing school.  I describe a bit more about the series here. And you can read the two previous posts…