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Effective Practices for CCRPI Middle School Indicator 4

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

BLECKLEY COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL (BLECKLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Carla Thrower, Assistant Principal
cthrower@bleckley.k12.ga.us
478-934-7270

Effective practices at Bleckley County Middle School are:

1. training teachers in Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) strategies;
2. integrating LDC strategies in core content curricula;
3. completing multi-step reading and writing assignments;
4. utilizing LDC's Answer,Cite,and Explanation (ACE) strategy to analyze nonfiction texts;
5. researching and writing problem-solving/solution essays related to real-world issues;
6. comparing and contrasting primary documents;
7. developing higher-order thinking skills.

DAWSON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL (DAWSON COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Dr. Mark Merges, Principal
mmerges@dawson.k12.ga.us
706-216-5801

Effective practices at Dawson County Middle School are:

1. using content mastery checklists to monitor students' progress;
2. analyzing formative and summative assessment data to guide instruction and to design and evaluate small group /individualized instructional support;
3. prescribing individualized remediation/enrichment activities during Tiger Time;
4. completing self-monitoring checklists of progress/mastery of content;
5. developing vocabulary and writing skills.

ELITE SCHOLARS ACADEMY (CLAYTON COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Dr. Shonda Shaw, Principal
shona.shaw@clayton.k12.ga.us
Dr. Hannah Edwards, Teacher
hannah.edwards@clayton.k12.ga.us
Mrs. Sonya Blackwell-Muhammad, Teacher
sonya.blackwell-muhammad@clayton.k12.ga.us
Mrs. Elizabeth Hooper , Teacher
elizabeth.hooper@clayton.k12.ga.us
404-362-3811

Effective practices at Elite Scholars Academy Charter School are:

1. planning and teaching consistently content standards;
2. focusing on enduring understandings and concepts;
3. developing a culture of high expectations;
4. analyzing performance data to guide instruction, to develop support strategies, and to complete academic goals in Individual Instruction Plan (IIP);
5. implementing a variety of instructional strategies (strategic grouping, K.I.M. and Frayer vocabulary models, mnemonic devices, videos, webquests, simulations, etc.);
6. utilizing practice test resources.

NEWTON COUNTY THEME SCHOOL AT FICQUETT (NEWTON COUNTY SCHOOLS)
Ashante  Everett, Assistant Principal

Effective practices at Newton County Theme School at Ficquett are:

1. identifying learning goals;
2. developing essential questions directly related to each social studies’ standard;
3. utilizing text structures (problem and solutions, cause-effect relationships, categorizing, sequencing and comparison/contrast) as instructional strategies;
4. integrating Marzano’s Nine Essential Instructional Strategies into instruction:
5. connecting social studies’ content to Enduring Understandings. 

References

Text structures at http://www.nea.org/tools/using-text-structure.html
Marzano, R.J., Pickering, D.J.,&  Pollock,J.E. ( 2001). Classroom Instruction That Works, Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

RISING STARR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Dr. Joann Rouse
rouse.joann@mail.fcboe.org
770-486-2721

Effective practices at Rising Star Middle School are:

1. developing standards-based lessons  and assessments;
2. analyzing and monitoring performance data;
3. developing and sharing curriculum ideas and strategies in Professional Learning Communities during common planning times;
4. re-teaching/retesting standards or concepts when appropriate.

References

History Alive
Geography Alive

STEPHENS COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL (STEPHENS COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Donna Collins, Principal
donna.collins@stephenscountyschools.org
706-886-2880, ext.2004
Geoffrey Dillard, ext. 3007
Eileen Helgeland, ext. 3008
Melinda Adams, ext. 3050
Wynette Neal, ext. 3077
Social Studies Department Chairpersons

Effective practices at Stephens County Middle School are:

1. analyzing benchmark and assessment data;
2. collaborating and developing common units, assessments, and activities;
3. utilizing a color-coded vocabulary system in geography, economics, and government courses;
4. integrating simulations, content-related games, and interactive technology;
5. designing research activities that deepen conceptual understanding;
6. adhering to the assignment policy that all "work" must be completed and acceptable to 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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