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ERS - Strategic Teacher Teaming: Boston, MA
Transcript of ERS - Strategic Teacher Teaming: Boston, MA
UP Academy: Strategic Teacher Teaming
Shared-content teams at
continuously improve instruction through strategic use of collaborative planning time.
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- Boston, MA
UP Academy is a charter management organization that operates in the Greater Boston area. UP Academy re-started Patrick F. Gavin Middle School, a chronically under-performing public school in Boston.
Teachers have the time and support they need to develop rigorous curriculum that is taught consistently across teams and is flexible to students’ needs.
How did they make it work?
Students with Disabilities
English Language Learners
Since 2011, student proficiency rates have
During weekly 2.5 hour meetings, teachers develop lesson plans and analyze student assessment data to ensure consistent delivery of rigorous instruction to all students.
UP Academy served 525 students with the following demographics
As of 2011, fewer than
1 in 3
students could read, write or do math at grade-level proficiency.
Strategic Teacher Teaming
Teachers are released from teaching duties for one half of a school day every week to participate in shared-content meetings.
All teachers who work with students in a common content area- including ELL and SWD teachers- are included in the shared content meeting to maximize available expertise.
All shared-content meetings have a facilitator who keeps the conversation on track using agendas
and protocols. Outcomes from the meeting include lesson or unit plan deliverables or action plans.
The Dean of Curriculum and Instruction pushes in to meetings to observe and provide feedback to meeting facilitators.
Teachers trust and support each other, and also hold each other accountable for producing engaging and rigorous lessons.
Dedicated meeting time:
Whole team participation:
Professional adult culture:
UP Academy has a longer school day to provide sufficient time for both core and non-core classes.
All students in a grade participate in non-core classes
at the same time to free core teachers for meeting time.
As of 2014,
of 8th graders were proficient in ELA and Math.