Topic: School Improvement


Alabama Science Teacher Sets Higher Expectations Using Literacy Strategies

Reese Woytek Why did the deer cross the road? The usual answer to the joke is “to get to the other side.”

That question serves as a prompt for seventh-grade science students to start looking for answers through data-driven research and in-depth writing. Their teacher, Reese Woytek at Slocomb Middle School in Geneva County, Alabama, is using the instructional framework of the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC). He received his LDC training in 2015. The Southern Regional Education Board is training teachers across Alabama, and Woytek’s experience is a perfect example of how LDC strategies can change teacher focus and impact students.

LCLP Module Summary Carol McGrevin

Communicating to Engage Stakeholders in School Improvement

Effective communication is the key to an improving school community. Often the best intentions are sidetracked by poor communication. Participants learn how to communicate effectively, how to decide who needs to know and why, how to and involve people at the right times, and the impact that communication has on schools and quality instruction.

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Survey of Communication Skills and Style

Blog post By Jon Schmidt-Davis

Florida Middle School Creates Success Academy

Pinellas Park Middle School is about as challenging a school as you can find in Florida. The state has assigned it a grade of D for the past several years. All of its students receive free lunch. Twenty-three percent of its students have already been in some form of drop-out prevention program prior to enrolling at Pinellas Park.

Publication 200216 pages(02V07)

High Schools That Work
An Evidence-based Design for Improving the Nation's Schools and Raising Student Achievement

This updated overview of High Schools That Work tells why more schools each year are using the HSTW framework of Goals and Key Practices – including the HSTW-recommended curriculum – to raise student achievement. In addition to providing evidence that the HSTW model is working, the brochure lists examples of the indicators that sites are using to measure their progress and meet their performance targets.