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Effective Practices for CCRPI Middle School Indicator 3

Percent of students scoring at Developing Learner or above on the Georgia Milestones science EOG

DODGEN MIDDLE SCHOOL (COBB COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Phil Wilkes, Principal
phil.wilkes@cobbk12.org
Debbie Amodeo, Teacher
debbie.amodeo@cobbk12.org
770-578-2726

Effective practices at Dodgen Middle School are:

1. training teachers in gifted education strategies;
2. utilizing on-site pond as a learning resource;
3. assigning science teachers as coaches for science and Science Olympiad Team and Connections classes.

MUSEUM MIDDLE SCHOOL (CHARTER SCHOOL IN DEKALB COUNTY)  
Katherine Kelbaugh, Principal
Katherine.kelbaugh@museumschool.org
404-289-0320

Effective practices at The Museum School of Avondale Estates are:

1. infusing science instruction with appropriate hands-on experiments and enrichment materials;
2. extending learning activities that demonstrate students’  knowledge and mastery of science standards;
3. hosting presentations by scientific experts and including opportunities for students/experts to dialogue in question/answer sessions;
4. enriching  students’ learning opportunities  through learning expeditions (field trips) to study topics such as hydrology. 

References:

“Student-Centered Learning Environments: How and Why” retrieved  at
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-centered-learning-environments-paul-bogdan
“Using Outside Speakers in the Classroom” retrieved at
http://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/1001/tips.html
“A Review of Research on School Field trips and Their value in Education: retrieved at http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1031445.pdf

NORTHWESTERN MIDDLE SCHOOL (FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Kristin Gould, Teacher
gould@fultonschools.org
770-667-2870

Effective practices at Northwestern Middle School are:

1. creating professional learning communities (PLC);
2. designing differentiated lessons and formative assessments;
3. presenting engaging lessons using interactive resources (Promethean Boards and computer labs);
4. analyzing data and identifying specific content to scaffold, differentiate, or re-teach;
5. evaluating effective cooperative grouping strategies;
6. applying the scientific method to problem-solving assignments;
7. developing vertical labs assignments/reports that build on previous lab experiences.

References:

- http://www.allthingsplc.info 
- http://www.glencoe.com/sec/teachingtoday/cubject/beyond.phtml 
- http://daretodifferentiate.wikispaces.com/file/view/Cooperative+Grouping+Strategies.pdf 
- http://www.nwea.org/blog/2013/classroom-techniques-formative-assessment-idea-number-nine/
- http://teacherexpress.scholastic.com/25-quick-formative-assessments-for-a-differentiated-classroo-mkt14088

SCHLEY COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL (SCHLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Rusty Tondee, Principal
rtondee@schley.k12.org
229-937-0560
Troy Blocker, Teacher
229-937-0560

Effective practices at Schley County Middle School are:

1. focusing on relevant applications of science concepts;
2. using digital resources to enhance understanding/mastery of concepts;
3. encouraging parents/students to examine and discuss science-related links on school's website;
4. maintaining organized, interactive notebooks.

STEPHENS COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL (STEPHENS COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Donna Collins, Principal
donna.collins@stephencountyschools.org
Joel Strickland, Assistant Principal
joel.strickland@stephenscountyschools.org
Jason Swiney, Assistant Principal
jason.swiney@stephenscountyschools.org
706-886-2880

Effective practices at Stephens County Middle School are:

1. analyzing data, identifying academic needs, and assigning remediation performance tasks;
2. developing units, assessments and activities among collaborating teachers;
3. integrating simulations, content-related games, and interactive technology;
4. scheduling an extended learning period for students to complete assigned remediation, independent, or research projects;
5.  adhering to an assignment policy that all work must be completed and accepted by the teacher.

WARE COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL (WARE COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Dr. Darlene Tanner, Principal
dtanner@ware.k12.ga.us
Dr. Jenny Barnes, Instructional Coach
jbarnes@ware.k12.ga.us
912-287-2341

Effective practices at Ware County Middle School are:

1. integrating Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) strategies into a rigorous curriculum;
2. training content teachers in LDC strategies and the process of developing writing and literacy skills;
3. targeting writing and literacy skills during daily Extended Learning Time (ELT);
4. scheduling collaborative planning times for professional learning communities to formulate LDC modules and to examine LDC work samples;
5. analyzing formative assessment and achievement data.

* School’s effective practices based on 2012-2014 CRCT performances

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