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American Decline can be Reversed through Grassroots Action Public education has been decaying on the inside for decades. Educators blame poverty, poor parenting, changing demographics, the growth of hedonistic popular culture, insufficient funding, and myriad other factors. Seldom mentioned, however, is education’s failure to adapt and overcome these conditions. In the view of most educators, schools are doing all they can–an explanation that is contradicted by the measurable differences in effectiveness among teachers within the same school and … Read More

2009 VAAA – Bethpage Elementary School

First Place, Middle Division, Elementary Schools Bill Johnson, Principal 420 Old Highway 31 E Bethpage, TN 37022 Sumner County Schools Recipe For Success: The recipe used to create Bethpage Elementary School is a combination of precious ingredients, each unique and wonderful, yet perpetually equal in the contributions they provide to the whole. If any component were deleted or allowed to eclipse the others, Bethpage Elementary School would cease to be the respected educational institution it is known to … Read More

2010 VAAA – McEwen Elementary School

Third Place, Middle Division, Elementary Schools Vicki Spann, Principal 220 Swift St. East McEwen, TN 37101 Humphreys County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: “At McEwen Elementary we expect nothing less than our very best.” Every morning selected students lead our entire school as we repeat that motto. We really expect students and staff to do their very best each day. McEwen Elementary is a Pre-K through fifth grade school located in a small rural community. We have … Read More

2010 VAAA – Bethpage Elementary School

Second Place, Middle Division, Elementary Schools Bill Johnson, Principal 420 Old Highway 31 E Bethpage, TN 37022 Sumner County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: The only thing that has changed from last year’s recipe is the fact that Bethpage Elementary School has been nominated as a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. We have completed the necessary documentation and summated our findings to the U.S.D.O.E. The recipe used to create Bethpage Elementary … Read More

2011 VAAA – Bethpage Elementary School

Third Place, Middle Division, Elementary Schools Bill Johnson, Principal 420 Old Highway 31 E Bethpage, TN 37022 Sumner County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: Bethpage Elementary School has been honored by being selected as one of the 254 public schools is America to receive the 2010 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award by the United States Department of Education. The recipe used to create Bethpage Elementary School is a combination of precious ingredients, each unique and … Read More

2012 VAAA – Little Milligan

Third Place, East Division, K-8/Middle Schools JR Campbell, Principal 4226 Highway 321 Butler, TN 37640 Carter County Schools Visit website Reporting on the Award: Johnson City Press,Elizabethton Star Recipe For Success: Little Milligan Elementary is a Pre-K – 8 school in rural Carter County.  Of the 155 students, 88% are economically disadvantaged.  Our goal is to prepare our students to be life long learners so they will be able to meet the challenges of a quickly changing world. The success … Read More

Computer-Based Instruction that Produces Catch-Up Growth

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Funnix Reading Instruction Funnix is computer-based reading instruction program containing a carefully sequenced series of small-step reading lessons developed by the author of Direct Instruction.  It is inexpensive, effective, and requires no teaching experience. Funnix was designed for use by parents but can be used by classroom aides, trained volunteers, and teachers with up to 5 children at a time. In this video, a parent teaches two children who are on a first grade level.  One of the … Read More

Danon Hooper: Recipe for Success

Lakeview Elementary The entire staff of Lakeview School is extremely proud and honored to be recognized by the Education Consumers Foundation for our Value Added gains. Lakeview School is a rural community Pre-8 school.  This year we have 358 students of which 49.1% are Economically Disadvantaged. The majority of our students are brought to school and taken home by their parents or other family members each day. Only about 1/3 of our students ride one of our two … Read More

For Activists

American Decline can be Reversed through Grassroots Action Public education has been decaying on the inside for decades. Educators blame poverty, poor parenting, changing demographics, the growth of hedonistic popular culture, insufficient funding, and myriad other factors. Seldom mentioned, however, is education’s failure to adapt and overcome these conditions. In the view of most educators, schools are doing all they can–an explanation that is contradicted by the measurable differences in effectiveness among teachers within the same school and … Read More