Visible Learning

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John Hattie (2008) There is a wealth of educational research that shows some schooling and teaching practices (called evidence-based) consistently produce measurably superior learning outcomes. Unfortunately, teachers are rarely trained in the use of them. Instead, teachers are exposed to a variety of theories and prescriptions from which they are expected to pull together a teaching style that best fits their preferences and the classroom circumstances they confront.

RAND: Teachers matter more to student achievement than any other aspect of schooling.

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RAND (2014) Value-added measures of teaching and schooling in Tennessee and elsewhere affirm that effective teaching is indispensable to improved student achievement. Schools and districts with top performing teachers are the ones that do the most to lift the achievement of their students. Schools and districts with an overload of low performing teachers can put even advantaged students at risk by letting them slide away from the excellence of which they are capable.

Charter School Research & Advocacy

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Center for Education Reform (2014) “Charter schools do not inevitably succeed but they do incentivize better teaching and learning, and they do push competing public schools to improve.  Charters played a key role in Newark and the The Center for Education Reform can provide numerous other examples of success.”

2012 VAAA – Fairview Middle School

Third Place, Middle Division, K-8/Middle Schools Brian Bass, Principal 7200 Cumberland Drive Fairview, TN 37062 Williamson County Schools Visit website  Recipe For Success: Henry Ford once said, “A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.” This award recognizes the continued success of Fairview Middle School to sustain value-added achievement over a number of years. However, the chief aim of our school will never be test scores. Rather, we are … Read More

2012 VAAA – South Side Elementary School

[custom_frame_left shadow=”on”][/custom_frame_left] Third Place, West Division, K-8/Middle Schools Neal Wright, Principal 29855 Highway 104, South Reagan, TN 38368 Henderson County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: The secret to our success at South Side Elementary School is willing students that are eager to learn and  a dedicated staff that strive to provide a positive, encouraging and productive environment that enhances learning.  Our staff works closely together to share new learning skills that will benefit our students.  Test scores are … Read More

2012 VAAA – West Carroll Junior High School

[custom_frame_left shadow=”on”][/custom_frame_left] Second Place, West Division, K-8/Middle Schools Lex Suite, Principal 760 Highway 77 Atwood, TN 38220 West Carroll Special School District  Visit website  Recipe For Success: West Carroll is both humbled and honored to have been selected by ECF as a Highly Effective School for the 6th time. Our recipe for success has always been based on good ingredients: Our teachers. Our 7 th and 8 th grade teachers have worked together as an effective team for … Read More

Funnix Computer-Based Instruction that Produces Catch-Up Growth

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New: Implementation Grants for Schools Funnix Reading Instruction Funnix is a web-based reading instruction program that you can access with your computer.  The program contains a carefully sequenced series of small lessons based on the thoroughly researched Direct Instruction reading curriculum.  It is inexpensive, effective, requires no teaching experience and is accessible anywhere from any location in the world. Funnix was designed for use by parents, but can be used by classroom aides, trained volunteers, and teachers with up … Read More

2012 VAAA – Alton Elementary School

Third Place, West Division, Elementary Schools Barbara Beaver, Principal 2020 Alton Street Memphis, TN 38106 Memphis City Schools Visit website Reporting on the Award: WMC3 TV Recipe For Success: The entire staff of Alton Elementary School is extremely elated to be recognized by the Education Consumers Foundation for our value-added gains.  We know that so many of our colleagues around the country are working passionately to close the achievement gap and develop a student population that is educated and college ready.  … Read More

2012 VAAA – Fairview Marguerite Elementary School

[custom_frame_left shadow=”on”][/custom_frame_left] Second Place, East Division, Elementary Schools Suzanne Wampler, Principal 2125 Fairview Road Morristown, TN 37814 Hamblen County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: We at Fairview-Marguerite Elementary believe that each child is a unique personality who is to be respected, is capable of learning, can be trusted, and can be taught to assume responsibility.  As principal, I am extremely proud of the staff and students who worked hard to achieve this award.  The staff is committed … Read More

2012 VAAA – Lincoln Magnet Elementary School

Second Place, West Division, Elementary Schools Lynne Shuttleworth, Principal 425 Berry Street Jackson, TN 38301 Madison County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: As principal of an elementary school that serves a 96% minority population, I am extremely proud and honored to receive this award for the third consecutive year. My faculty has worked diligently with our students to help achieve and continue this growth. Positive relationships and high expectations from the entire staff continually support our student … Read More

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