Award Year: 2022

David Turnham Education Center

105 S Dunn Street
Dale, IN, 47523-0432

(812) 937-4300

Ms. Kelsey Henrickson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

North Spencer County School Corporation

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The mission of David Turnham Educational Center is to provide a safe, caring, inviting environment where both adults and students are learners. Our goal is to provide best practices and expectations in instruction that allow all learners to grow to their fullest potential academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and culturally. Teachers will strive to inspire students to take charge of their learning. Our teaching practices will ensure that every child becomes an effective reader, writer, communicator, critical thinker, and user of technology. Support and opportunities will be provided for any child at risk academically. All students will be supported in their development of good character and citizenship traits. Staff, parents, students, and community will share equally in this responsibility.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 72%
  • Hispanic: 25%
  • Two or more races: 2%
David Turnham Education Center

David Turnham Education Center

David Turnham Education Center sits in the small town of Dale, Indiana in Spencer County. David Turnham is a Pre- K through sixth grade building with 300 students. This school is a special place for students to come to learn and grow. The teachers dedicate themselves to the students and the school, working to ensure all students make academic and emotional gains. These relationships foster a culture of growth within the building. Students know they are safe at school and are held to high expectations, but the teachers and staff are always there for them.

The success of David Turnham students comes from our early literacy practices in guided reading and shared reading. Students are grouped based off the assessment data collected once a month. We know that a single program will never be the silver bullet, so we use the best parts of IREADY, Amplify, Heggerty, and many more to close the gaps early. Resources are pushed into the classrooms so students are getting a large amount of support throughout that time in the day.Our special education teachers, speech teacher, ELL teachers, all classroom teachers and paraprofessionals are pushed into the classrooms creating many opportunities for students to learn with an adult, and for most students, independent stations are minimal. Once a week, teachers are given study group time to discuss data so their instruction is truly data driven.