Benchmarks by Common Principle

These benchmarks are designed to help educators understand the critical elements of high achieving and equitable CES schools. This benchmark document is designed with multiple entry points. The benchmarks are divided into two categories—Classroom Practices and Organizational Practices. Classroom Practices are focused on instru ction and address the question “What does a CES classroom look like?” by sharing how each practice is reflected in teacher work and student outcomes. Organizational Practices are those school-wide practices that support and enable the Classroom Practices. Each practice is linked with the common principles most related to its implementation. For each practice we describe the highest level of implementation in detail as well as provide descriptions for early and developing levels.
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CES Common Principles Classroom Practice Benchmarks Organizational Practice Benchmarks

Learning to use
one's mind well


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  • Performance based assessment
  • Essential Questions (EQ)
  • Habits of Mind and Heart (HOMH)
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Student-centered teaching and learning
  • Access, Opportunity, and Post-Secondary Preparation

  • Less is More,
    depth over coverage
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  • Essential Questions (EQ)
  • Habits of Mind and Heart (HOMH)
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
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    Goals apply to all
    students
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  • Performance based assessment
  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogies
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Access, Opportunity, and Post-Secondary Preparation
  • Maximizing resources for equitable outcomes

  • Personalization
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  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogies
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Student-centered teaching and learning
  • Access, Opportunity, and Post-Secondary Preparation
  • Transformational Leadership

  • Student-as-worker,
    teacher-as-coach
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  • Student-centered teaching and learning
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum

     

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    Demonstration of mastery
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  • Performance based assessment
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    A tone of decency and trust
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  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogies
  • Habits of Mind and Heart (HOMH)
  • Culture of Fairness and Trust
  • Family engagement and community partnerships
  • Transformational Leadership

  • Commitment to the
    entire school
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  • Culture of Fairness and Trust
  • Continuous School Improvement
  • Family engagement and community partnerships
  • Maximizing resources for equitable outcomes
  • Professional Learning Community
  • Transformational Leadership

  • Resources dedicated to
    teaching and learning


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  • Maximizing resources for equitable outcomes
  • Professional Learning Community
  • Transformational Leadership

  • Democracy and equity
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  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogies
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Access, Opportunity, and Post-Secondary Preparation
  • Continuous School Improvement
  • Culture of Fairness and Trust
  • Maximizing resources for equitable outcomes
  • Professional Learning Community
  • Transformational Leadership
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