Award Year: 2020

Cash Valley Elementary School

10601 Cash Valley Road NW
LaVale, MD, 21502-6044

(301) 724-6632

Dr. Lisa Sue Stevenson, Principal at time of Nomination

Allegany County Public Schools

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The Cash Valley community is a cohesive family whose priority is effectively supporting the diverse health, safety, cultural, and learning needs of the whole child. This family-school structure allows students to experience a comprehensive education in a safe environment that will prepare them to contribute to a changing society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Faculty and Staff, Cash Valley Elementary, MD

Faculty and Staff, Cash Valley Elementary, MD

Cash Valley provides education through general classrooms, regional structured learning environments, inclusion services, and early childhood programs. Believing "Every Connection Counts," we are an educational family acknowledging that positive school-community relationships develop an integrated unit with common expectations for educational success. We attribute this success to our vision, mission, and core values; with school initiatives prioritized on students' needs delivered through best practices.

The instructional framework follows the Gradual Release of Responsibility and Universal Design for Learning principles, a process including focused and guided instruction with collaborative and independent learning. Students are provided with multiple means of representation, action, expression, and engagement. Mindfulness and metacognition strategies allow students to "drive their brains" and apply the growth mindset approach.

Maryland Coalition of Inclusive Educators and Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation focus on equity-based inclusive practices and collaborative planning among general and special educators. Formative Assessment for Maryland Educators and Leadership Teams provide teaching tools to differentiate the process, product, and learning environment. Sustaining effective instructional strategies through Professional Learning Communities improve practices with book studies, coaching, observations, reflection, and strategic planning.

Differentiation is our strategy for academic success. We conduct formal data dives of assessments using the Five Whys technique to identify root causes of problematic areas and create action plans for improvement strategies. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support identify instructional practices to sustain our improvement initiatives. Differentiation approaches have unified our school and created an environment with quality feedback, blended learning, and strong relationships to foster a love of lifelong learning.