Early Reading Success Predicts Later Educational Success

In most states, a school district’s number of proficient third-grade readers is highly predictive of the number of 8th graders who will be proficient five years later.  The significance of this fact is that 8th-grade reading skill is highly predictive of high school outcomes and preparedness for work and college.   In other words, third grade reading success is vitally important because it predicts the trajectory of a child’s educational career.  The above chart school district reading scores illustrates … 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

Renee’ Bernard: Recipe for Success – 2015

McPheeter’s Bend Elementary There are many factors that contribute to the success of McPheeter’s Bend Elementary. We have had excellent Value-Added scores for many years, but still strive to achieve more. I strongly believe Todd Whitaker’s stance that it is “People not Programs” that is the core of our success. The faculty and staff of McPheeter’s Bend Elementary School work together as a team to improve student achievement. Every day begins with a 120 minute reading/literacy block. During … Read More

Misdirected Teaching & Failed Reform

Misdirected Teacher Training has Crippled Education Reform Significant Improvement will Require Teaching that Agrees with State Policy Aims An online controversy about the impact of Common Core on teaching in grades preK-3 revealed an illusion that has crippled education reform for decades. Policymakers may think that educators disagree with them only about the means to education reform. In truth, they also disagree about the ends. Since the 1983 Nation at Risk report, state and national policymakers have set … Read More

2011 VAAA – Jacksboro Middle School

Second Place, East Division, K-8/Middle Schools Jamie Wheeler, Principal 150 Eagle Circle Jacksboro, TN 37757 Campbell County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: The recipe for success at Jacksboro Middle School is “keep it simple!” We incorporate two key ingredients – commitment and culture. By focusing on these equally important components JMS continues to meet and conquer new challenges. Administrators, faculty, staff, students, and parents are all committed to continuing the tradition of success at Jacksboro Middle School. … Read More

2011 VAAA – Indian Trail Middle School

First Place, East Division, K-8/Middle Schools Tammy Pearce, Principal 307 Car Mol Dr. Johnson City, TN 37601 Johnson City Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: Indian Trail Middle School is a 6 th and 7 th grade school with approximately 1100 students. We are proud of the fact that we focus on student achievement and growth. My staff has set high expectations for themselves as well as for our students. Our goal at Indian Trail is to make … Read More

2011 VAAA – Meigs Middle Magnet School

Third Place, Middle Division, K-8/Middle Schools Jon Hubble , Principal 713 Ramsey Street Nashville, TN 37206 Davidson County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: When developing a school vision, pay attention to and utilize good research. When the wheel has been invented already, there isn’t much need to invent it again. Correlates of Effective Schools (Lezotte) What Works in Schools (Marzano) Create a master schedule that maximizes instruction time and provides opportunities for teachers to collaborate. Utilize blocks … Read More

2011 VAAA – Parkview Montessori Magnet School

Third Place, West Division, K-8/Middle Schools Melinda Harris , Principal 905 E Chester St Jackson, TN 38301 Madison County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: Parkview Montessori Magnet School is a Montessori magnet school in Jackson, Tennessee. The school became a magnet Montessori school in 1992 and has grown from 88 students to over 300 with a waiting list! Our school is not zoned and students from anywhere in Madison county can register to attend. Students are randomly … Read More

2008 VAAA – Memphis Academy of Health Sciences

Second Place, West Division, Middle Schools Curtis Weathers, Principal 3925 Chelsea Extension Memphis, TN 38108 Memphis Schools Website here Recipe For Success: Memphis Academy of Health Sciences Middle School (MAHS, pronounced Mause) is one of the first charter schools in Tennessee to open its doors. On July 18, 2003, students arrived at MAHS to what appeared to be a very chaotic beginning— furniture in the hallways, unopened boxes of supplies, parents and students unsure of where to report. … Read More

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