May 6, 2015

True Grit: To Appreciate Teachers, Learn From Their Efforts

Original op ed at Huffington Post by Ama Nyamekye

For the second year in a row, Educators 4 Excellence-Los Angeles has released its annual "True Grit" report on learning from the best ideas and practices used at diverse district and public charter schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Focusing on schools that showed a significant growth of 40 points or more in data published by the Academic Performance Index (API), a database used to measure school performance across California, we've set out to spotlight the work teachers are doing to drive improvement. It isn't enough to celebrate and thank teachers; we want to dig into how they make school growth possible.

E4E-Los Angeles team members visited all of the 29 schools featured in this year's report, and held focus groups with more than 300 teachers, administrators and other school-site personnel. Our aim was to unearth the strategies used to elevate expectations, morale, and performance.

To read the entire op ed, visit Huffington Post.