Taunton Public Schools
Three-fifths of the 350 Kindergarten through fourth-grade students who attend Hopewell Elementary School qualify for federally subsidized meals. Despite challenges, in 2009 Hopewell placed among the top ten percent of elementary schools in Massachusetts, a state with among the most rigorous education standards in the country.
Principal Thomas Quigley has led the school since 2005 alongside a leadership team comprising the vice principal, administrative assistant, and guidance counselor. Principal Quigley identified an empowered staff, a strong focus on reading, a rigorous district promotion policy, and building students’ social and emotional skills as keys to Hopewell’s success.
NBRS program staff created four videos: Accountability for All, on ending social promotion and making student data easily accessible, Creating a Culture of Literacy, on using a locally developed, powerful phonics program and other literacy initiatives, Educating the Whole Child, on enrichment opportunities and a social-emotional learning curriculum integrated with coursework, and Empowering Staff, on expanding co-teaching opportunities for classroom assistants.