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Northwest Elementary

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Justin Robinson

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Transcript of Northwest Elementary

The Little Engine that Could!
Northwest Elementary
Our journey begins here.
Who are we?
Where did we come from?
What did we do?
Why did we do it?
How are we going to
sustain success?

Our Staff
*New administration

*Teacher turnover - Over 60%

* About 73% of the instructional
staff have 2 years or less
teaching experience
*64% are 1st year teachers

Our Students
* 93% students living in poverty

*Attendance issues

*118 Priority School

*Generally begin school 2 years behind

What needed to change. . .
11th lowest elementary school in the state of North Carolina (out of over 1300)

Ineffective administration

Students attitudes and behaviors

Staff expectations
EOG Results (2010-2011)
3rd grade
Reading - 34.2%
Math - 56.6%

4th grade
Reading - 47.4%
Math - 52.6%

5th grade
Reading - 32.2%
Math - 52.2%
Science - 38.9%
Reading - 37.7%
Math - 53.7%
students (2011-2012)
K - 85%
1st - 75%
2nd - 79%
3rd - 81%
4th - 78%*
5th - 55%*

*only students who scored a level 1 or 2 on previous year’s
Student Engagement
Culture Change
*Examined staff beliefs
Now a shared belief that all children can be successful and that educators are the vehicle by which students learn.
Adopted a no excuses attitude for poor data/results

*Revised mission statement and vision
Inspired Learners + Creative Thinkers = Empowered Leaders

*Students accepted high expectations
Accepted responsibility for their own learning

*Learning how to learn
Learned and practiced behavioral expectations

*Confidence building
Set high academic expectations for themselves and now have a willingness to succeed

Accept responsibility for their own learning
Cultivated intrinsic desire to accept academic challenges
Developed a sense of pride

Extended Learning
*Extended School Day
Made better use of existing instructional time.

*After School Tutorial Program

*Summer Academy

*Early Bird Kindergarten

Instructional Practices
*Focus on literacy and integration

*Flexible grouping

*Reading interventionists

*Additional daily math block

*Two accelerated learning classes

School - 79.8%
Data Analysis
*Teacher awareness of data

*Student awareness and goal setting
AR/AM boards
Data Notebooks

* Benchmarking
Study Island

* Formative assessments
CRS - instant feedback regarding topics/concepts


*Common Planning

* Peer observation

* Instructional rounds

*Cross grade level meetings/discussions

*Northwest Teacher Academy

* Teacher Assistant Professional Development
Building Leadership
Results - EVAAS
Math - #1 school out of 20
Reading - #2 school out of 20
Results - EOG (2011-2012)
*Met AMO's and High Growth

Results - Reading 3D
80% not proficient
SIG School

Reward School

Top 10% of Title One Schools for Progress

Nominee for National Title 1 Distinguished School
Because we have great expectations!

*All children can learn (change in mentality)

*High expectations as professionals


*Teachers started to own their data and became responsible

Data Examination
PLC discussions will be data-driven and initiate instructional improvements.
Culture of Collaboration
Increase PTA involvement

Continue instructional rounds
Continuous Improvement
Co-Teacher Leaders
Smaller classes sizes
Increased technology
TLC leadership and teacher mentoring
Attract and retain high quality teachers
"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision."
-Helen Keller
Maintain the Vision
Our Parents and Community
*Low PTA numbers
8 members (2010-2011)
24 members (2011-2012)
49 members (2012-2013)
45 members and counting. . . (2013-2014)

*Rural school setting

*Few businesses in the community
*Teacher Leader Cohort (TLC)

*Active School Improvement Team

*Teacher Feedback

*School Improvement Grant Leadership Team

*Co-Teacher Leaders

*4th grade
Reading - 4.4
Math - 23.6
*3rd grade
Reading - 21.2
Math - 24.4
*5th grade
Reading - 24.5
Math - 21.1
Science - 31.1
Reading - 16.6
Math - 23.5
Math - #1 school out of 20
Reading - #3 school out of 20
Science - #2 school out of 20
70.4% not proficient
64% not proficient
BOY Reading Assessment
Over 22 Point Increase!
Proficiency Increase from 2010-2011
I think I can. . .

John Alan Perry
3rd grade Teacher Leader Cohort

13 years in education

Justin Robinson
Instructional Facilitator

7 years in education
Lilly Smith
5th grade math teacher

11 years in education
Lisa Mullen
Instructional Coach

6 years in education
Dennis Teel

32 years in education
At your table. . .
*Transient Population
*93% Poverty
*Negative Teacher Beliefs
*Attendance Issues
*High # of BTs
*Students enter school 2 years behind
*New Administration
*Lack of parental involvement
*High Teacher Turnover
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