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

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

2011 VAAA – The Discovery School

Second Place, Middle Division, Elementary Schools Debbie Bogdan, Principal 101 Henslee Dr. Dickson, TN 37055 Dickson County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: At The Discovery School, we have worked hard to establish a positive and consistent learning culture. In my role as principal, it is my desire to nourish that culture. My role is made easier by our dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and staff, parents who are passionate about education and students who are excited to learn. … Read More

2011 VAAA – Stanford Elementary Montessori Design Center

First Place, Middle Division, Elementary Schools Melva Stricklin, Principal 2417 Maplecrest Drive Nashville, TN 37214 Davidson County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: Everyone is waiting to hear Stanford’s big secret; what do we do that makes us a high performing school.  Chefs will tell you that it’s not one secret ingredient, but the right combination of several common ingredients and the care that goes into the preparation, that make a good dish. Stanford’s recipe uses just the right combination … Read More

2011 VAAA – Isaac Lane Technology Magnet School

Third Place, West Division, Elementary Schools Tisa Day , Principal 746 Lexington Street Jackson, TN 38301 Madison County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: At Isaac Lane, we treat one another as family. Students and parents are greeted at the front door each morning and the car door is opened for the students as their parents pull up in cars. As you walk in the door there is a quote on the wall by Booker T. Washington, “ … Read More

2011 VAAA – Lakeview Elementary School

First Place, West Division, Elementary Schools Dr. Susie Lee Hodge, Principal 5132 Jonetta St Memphis, TN 381092 Memphis City Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: Organizing and Scheduling The organization of the school day includes scheduling, assignments of duties and responsibilities, and establishment of professional learning communities, (PLC’s). The principal works with teachers to develop duties and responsibilities that support a climate conducive to teaching and learning. Teacher and staff expectations are communicated in written and verbal form. … Read More

National Board Certification: Is it worth the time and expense?

Studies pertaining to the effectiveness of NBPTS-certified teachers are ongoing. Here is a partial list. Advanced Teacher Certification http://www.education-consumers.com/Cunningham-Stone.pdf Evidence that there is any educationally meaningful advantage to certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is still lacking.  [Cunningham, G. K. & Stone, J. E. (2005). Value-added assessment of teacher quality as an alternative to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: What recent studies say.  In Robert Lissitz (Ed.). Value added models in education: Theory and applications. Maple … Read More

Learning Requires More than Play

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Success in school requires schoolwork.  Ask anyone who has succeeded. Parents, teachers, and all others who work with young people can make a huge contribution to both their educational success and their lifelong habits by teaching them to put school work before pleasure.  The alternative of permitting young people to be irresponsible in matters such as schoolwork and then expecting them to become self-disciplined adults is utterly unrealistic. Stone (2004) https://education-consumers.org/pdf/ECF_LearningRequiresMore.pdf

About the Authors

Teacher Evaluation and Student Achievement (2000) by James H. Stronge and Pamela D. Tucker is part of the National Education Association’s Student Assessment Series edited by Glen W. Cutlip. It is not available online. Click here for purchase information. James H. Stronge is Heritage Professor in the Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership Area at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. One of his primary research interests is in educational personnel evaluation. He has worked with numerous educational … Read More

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