Tagged “School Improvement”

Diverse Learning Community Uses Education Innovations to Aid Achievement

Summit Intermediate School, Etiwanda, Calif.

Summit Intermediate School, located in Etiwanda, California, joins the prestigious list of California Schools to Watch after commendation by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Summit pursues unique and innovative educational practices like “X-Time,” an extra support period for students, as part of its mission to provide for its diverse student community. These efforts are clearly paying off, as Summit’s standardized testing score averages have increased considerably in the past five years.

Character Education gives School Curriculum Meaning

Mockingbird Elementary, Coppell, T.X.

Mockingbird Elementary is located in an affluent community near the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Because of the district’s proximity to the airport and its excellent academic reputation, a number of families relocate to Coppell, T.X., and specifically Mockingbird (MKB). Mockingbird works hard to welcome all families and embrace its changing demographics. School leaders became aware of the gap between the “trait of the month” and what was actually happening during unstructured times and began to target specific issues. The staff realized that character must be embedded in the curriculum to have meaning. MKB has implemented several initiatives since 2004.

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Fast, Free, Online: The ASCD School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and districts, the free ASCD School Improvement Tool offers educators a comprehensive and completely online needs assessment.