At YES Prep North Central in Houston, Texas, teachers work together weekly as creators of curriculum. The charter school, serving grades 6-12, exists to help children from low-income homes complete college and thus rewrite their families' futures. So the lessons and assessments that teachers invent are designed to be rigorous and challenging, and to give students much of the responsibility for their own learning. They also make a practice of sharing their rubrics with students so that the learners clearly understand the quality of work they must produce.
Here, YES Prep educators share some of their favorite lesson plans and assessments with you, in hopes that you and your students may use and enjoy them.