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What Works: Schools to Learn From

From their use of data to their culturally relevant curriculum and family culture, learn how the schools recognized by Teach For America's Schools to Learn From program in 2019 are finding success.

By Laura Zingg

February 20, 2020

Each year Teach For America's Schools to Learn From program selects four to five schools that are providing an excellent education for their students in a specific area, such as culture, systems, or pedagogy. 

Any school can apply to become a school to learn from. Once selected, these schools act as learning laboratories by hosting visits and facilitating professional development that enables other educators to implement strategies and best practices in their own schools.

In this series, we will share the big takeaways on what's working in each of the schools selected for the 2019 Schools to Learn From program.

This School Went All-In on Culture and Is Seeing Results

For two decades CIS 303 Middle School has built a close-knit family environment in the Bronx where staff are valued and students have a safe space to learn and grow.


How Data Is Helping This School Drive Big Student Outcomes

At Muchin College Prep in Chicago, the school team has developed smart systems for using data to advance student achievement, school culture, and college readiness.