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Creating Common Assignments: The Impact of Teacher Designed Instructional Units
In the summer of 2013, 45 English language arts, history, and science teachers met as part of the Common Assignment Study (CAS), designing units of study containing embedded formative assessments to teach in their classrooms. This brochure explores the impact, lessons, and future directions of CAS.
One of the great scholars and thinkers on improvement science, Dr. W. Edwards Deming, once said, “It would be better if everyone worked together as a system, with the aim for everybody to win.” That mindset is exactly how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation approaches our goal of improving education and economic mobility systems in the United States, including in our backyard of Washington State.
I recently had the pleasure of exploring learning loss and other topics with Shalinee Sharma, the co-founder and CEO of Zearn, a non-profit organization whose learning platform and materials are free for teachers and students and whose highly rated K-5 math curriculum currently serves 1 in 4 children nationwide.
As a proud alumna of Howard University, I can attest that attending a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) opened a door of opportunity for me that I would not have otherwise experienced. This Black History Month, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Elsie L. Scott, Director of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center at Howard University about the value of HBCUs.
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