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Tarrant High Students Learn the Value of Scientific Research by Teaming Up with NASA and UAB
March 28, 2014 | Comments
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by John Norton ABPC communications consultant   If the Sunday forecast for Cape Canaveral was better, nine Tarrant High School students would personally watch as their biological science project lifts off for the International Space Station, inside a Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket.  Even though the weather prompted NASA to delay the resupply mission (which will deliver a 5000-lb payload of scientific experiments and supplies), the THS 11th graders are still making the trip to Florida. It's not the first... [continue reading]
My 9th Graders Know How to Recognize Appeals to Emotion
October 17, 2013 | Comments
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Kathleen W. Dotts teaches ninth grade honors English at Huntsville High School. Her letter to the editor (below) appeared on the Huntsville Times website October 15th in response to an October 6 opinion column by Kenneth Freeman, an organizer for the group Alliance for Citizens Rights, in which he described supporters of the higher learning standards now being implemented in Alabama public schools as "liars or victims." With Kathleen's permission, we're sharing her comments here. We urge other t... [continue reading]
Video: What Is the Instructional Partners Pilot All About?
August 9, 2013 | Comments
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What do principals and teacher leaders say about the benefits of the Instructional Partnership approach to professional development and coaching? Find out in our video interviews with Instructional Partner Pilot participants!   What do principals and teacher leaders say about the benefits of the Instructional Partnership approach to professional development and coaching?   Find out in this video interview with Instructional Partner Pilot participants, including elementary, middle and high school... [continue reading]
How the CCRS Math Standards Are Raising the Bar for Math Learning in Alabama
April 16, 2013 | Comments
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by Jackie Flowers Instructional Partner Discovery Middle School I want to write about how the CCRS math standards are making a positive difference for the students and teachers in my Madison City middle school and across the state.   As an Instructional Partner at Discovery Middle, I am a co-learner, a resource broker, an instructional consultant, and a cognitive coach for teachers.   I help lead the professional development at Discovery MS, and I support our teachers with the implementation of... [continue reading]
My Pathway to True Instructional Partnership
July 24, 2012 | Comments
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During the past school year, we've written several times about the Alabama Instructional Partners Pilot Program, initiated by the Alabama State Department of Education with professional development support from the Alabama Best Practices Center. The essential goal of the project, which will expand this fall, is to prepare teacher leaders for roles as school-based "instructional partners" who facilitate transformative professional learning among their peers.  We've invited participants in the fi... [continue reading]
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