Percent of students scoring at Developing Learner or above on the Georgia Milestones English Language Arts EOG
DAVES CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ( FORSYTH COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Eric Ashton, Principal
Sarah Von Esh, Assistant Principal
Effective practices at Daves Creek Elementary School are:
1. analyzing pre- and post-assessment data;
2. including opportunities for remediation and extension activities in instructional plans;
3. implementing read-aloud, independent and guided reading, vocabulary/word study in balanced literacy program;
4. incorporating Writer’s Workshop strategies into instruction;
5. targeting academic needs and interventions during weekly conferences;
6. using Push-In models to support EIP and ELL students. Calkins, L. (1998).The Art of Teaching Writing. Harlow: Heinemann Press.
Fountas and Pinnell Resources at www.fountasandpinnellleveledbooks.com
Diller, D. (2007). Making the Most of Small Groups. Stenhouse Publishers.
Rog, L. (2012). Guiding Readers: Making the Most of the 18-Minute Guided Reading Lesson. Pembroke Publishers.
FAIRYLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (WALKER COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Emily Haney, Teacher
Mary Beth Catanzaro, Learning Center
Effective practices at Fairyland Elementary School are:
1. utilizing data to differentiate instruction;
2. understanding and applying the language of ELA standards;
3. providing rigorous and relevant writing assignments;
4. conferencing with students about academic skills;
5. implementing Writer's Workshop strategies;
6. focusing on mastery of concepts and skills during Skills Time.
Miller, D. ( 2006). Reading with Meaning. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers; Word Journey; Workshop Model; Fountas and Pinnell resources at www.fountasandpinnellleveledbooks.com;
Lucy Calkins resources at http://readingandwritingproject.com;
Jeff Anderson resources at http://www.writeguy.net/
FORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (COBB COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Tara Jones, Teacher
Effective practices at Ford Elementary School are:
1. utilizing common scoring rubrics and supplemental writing programs;
2. aligning vertically writing concepts taught in integrated units;
3. completing writing assignments related to the environmental program;
4. implementing a remedial reading program;
5. participating in Jr. Great Books Program and system's writing fair.
Good Habits, Great Readers; Shurley English resources
G.O. BAILEY PRIMARY SCHOOL (TIFT COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Rose Wilhite, Principal
Effective practices at G.O. Bailey Primary School are:
1. analyzing assessment data to determine next steps;
2. planning instruction collaboratively;
3. utilizing Push-In and Pull-Out instructional models for ELL students;
4. integrating content to core subjects to maximize instructional time;
5. scheduling 30 minutes of Flex-time four days a week;
6. providing academic coaches for core subjects;
7. implementing the RTI process.
GRAYSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GWINNETT COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Chris Brown, Principal
Mary Robida, Assistant Principal
Glenda Mayhue, Assistant Principal
Effective practices at Grayson Elementary School are:
1. increasing class time for core literacy instruction;
2. differentiating instruction in reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and literacy skills;
3. providing common time for academic intervention and enrichment sessions before and after school;
4. providing academic support for EIP groups;
5. targeting quality-plus reading strategies in professional learning sessions;
6. monitoring effective use of instructional time;
7. utilizing teachers of special education, ESOL and gifted as co-teachers.
JACOB G. SMITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (CHATHAM COUNTY SCHOOLS)
Andrea Burkiett, Principal
Effective practices at Jacob G. Smith Elementary School are:
1. integrating the writing process in all courses;
2. teaching a variety of writing forms;
3. developing critical thinking skills using Model-Drawing techniques;
4. enhancing informational writing skills using DBQ resources;
5. comparing paired texts;
6. maintaining journals and interactive notebooks;
7. providing specific commentary on students’ works, specifically examples of “glow and grow”.
SONORAVILLE ELEMENTARY (GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Eppie Snider, Principal
Effective practices at Sonoraville Elementary School are:
1. scheduling collaborative planning sessions;
2. teaching the writing process in all subjects;
3. incorporating Lucy Calkins’ strategies into instruction;
4. embedding ELA conventions in instruction;
5. providing professional learning opportunities in Calkins’s Units of Study in Opinion, Informational, and Narrative Writing, Grade 5.
Calkins. L. Units of Study of Opinion, Informational, and Narrative Writing K-5.
Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University. https://www.heinemann.com/products/E04758.aspx
STEVENS CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (COLUMBIA COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Michelle Paschal, Principal
Effective practices at Stevens Creek Elementary School are:
1. administrating pre-tests;
2. analyzing and using pre-test and additional assessment data to guide instruction;
3. utilizing Teaching Grammar and Mechanics as a resource.
Pennington, M. (2003). Teaching Grammar and Mechanics . 2nd edition. El Dorado Hills, CA: Pennington Publishing.
* School’s effective practices based on 2012-2014 CRCT performances