Education Consumers Foundation

Who We Are We are trained, experienced, and independent educators. We use data and analysis to help parents and taxpayers identify good schools and navigate the others. What We Do We turn school performance data into graphics and explain what they mean about school quality. Why We Do It? Our mission is to improve education by showing those who use and pay for schools how to recognize good ones, find better ones, and get the most from the … Read More

Vicki Shelton: Recipe for Success – 2015

Lakeside Park Our recipe for success begins in kindergarten and emphasizes school culture and solid instruction. As Coach Pat Summitt writes, “Your focus better be on the small things and having the discipline and patience to do things right.” We focus on welcoming families and nurturing students. We focus on what we teach by identifying the most powerful standards and then we focus on how we teach. Instruction is always active and engaging. The teachers and their commitment … Read More

Sue Clark: Recipe for Success – 2015

We meet regularly with Principal, teachers, guidance, librarian, and Instructional coach to analyze student data.  We divide students into groups with similar needs and assign them a tutor. We also use DEA results to make these groups.  Each student has a tutor or interventionalist targeting their specific needs.  Currently this year, we have implemented the RTI program to get students the extra help they may need.  Glendale has a large parent tutoring organization.  We also work with Belmont … Read More

2009 VAAA – Newport Grammar School

Second Place, East Division, K-8/Middle Schools Sandra Burchette, Principal 301 College Street Newport, TN 37821 Newport Schools Recipe For Success: Newport Grammar School is a PreK through eighth grade school with approximately 800 students. Being a one-school system is an advantage due to having a director and school board focused on the needs of a single school. Our administrative team meets regularly in an effort to review and assess existing programs. A very important aspect of a school … Read More

2010 VAAA – Grassy Fork Elementary School

Third Place, East Division, K-8/Middle Schools Shannon Grooms, Principal 4120 Big Creek Rd. Hartford, TN 37753 Cocke County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: Grassy Fork Elementary School is a rural, community school located in Hartford, Tennessee. It is a multi-age school that houses kindergarten through eighth grade. Grassy Fork Elementary School is a Title I school and has been awarded the Title I Top Ten Percent Honor for several years. The Title I funds have enabled Grassy … Read More

2011 VAAA – Boones Creek Elementary School

First Place, East Division, Elementary Schools Teresa Leonard, Principal 348 Christian Church Rd. Gray, TN 37615 Washington County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: The Recipe for Success at Boones Creek Elementary involves various aspects of the student academic program and learning environment. Boones Creek Elementary fosters the following practices in order to align the classroom curriculum: teachers prepare an individual Pupil Learning Plan (PLP) for every student in grades K-4 with student academic strengths and weaknesses. The … Read More

Mr. Lynn Fielding at ECF’s Prepared to Learn Event

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 – 8:30am to 11:30am Nashville Hilton Downtown Lynn Fielding, school board member in Kennewick, WA and co-author of Annual Growth, Catch-up Growth, served as a keynote speaker at Prepared to Learn, an April 21, 2009 event hosted by the foundation in partnership with the Tennessee School Boards Association. Visitors can view his presentation through the clips below. Note that this video is provided in MPEG-4 format, which is best viewed with Apple’s QuickTime media player. … Read More

PREPARED TO LEARN: How all children can reach grade level by 3rd grade

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 – 8:30am to 11:30am Nashville Hilton Downtown On April 21, more than 100 educators and community leaders gathered in Nashville to discuss how effective early childhood education can have a major impact on high school and postsecondary outcomes; the event was followed with a private briefing for legislators. Photos, PowerPoint presentations, and links to more information are provided below; streaming video of the morning meeting will be available in the next few days. Check … Read More

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