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john wash powered by data photo Voices from the 2009 National Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony A number of Blue Ribbon School principals and superintendents generously agreed to sit for audio interviews on what the Blue Ribbon Schools award means to them and their school communities. Coupled with pictures from 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools, the audio topics are: What the Award Means… Continue Reading Ceremony Voices

Voices Principals and teachers from 321 schools attended the Washington, DC 2009 Awards Ceremony. Attendees had opportunities to learn from one another, both informally through peer networking and more formally through and school team presentations of best practices. Ceremony meals and events were sponsored by The History Channel and SMART Technologies and included a “Washington by… Continue Reading 2009 Awards Ceremony

alice coachman community photo Alice Coachman Elementary is fortunate in having a strong group of individual, community-based, and corporate volunteers who see their involvement in “our neighborhood school” as a civic duty.  They live in the same community as the students and parents and feel strongly that “strong schools make strong communities.” Volunteers work in individual classrooms tutoring children,… Continue Reading “Strong Schools Make Strong Communities”: Community Engagement: Alice Coachman Elementary School

alice coachman distributed leadership photo With experience as a successful administrator and knowledge of the research, Principal Victor has strong opinions about what makes a school good for teaching and learning. Faculty members understand and support her vision, generating very low turnover rates over the years. Principal Victor’s distributed leadership model gives teachers numerous opportunities to contribute to discussions of… Continue Reading Distributed Leadership: Alice Coachman Elementary School

alice coachman parent involve photo Staff and administrators at Alice Coachman recognize parents as their child’s “first teacher” and have worked from the school’s 1999 opening to “get parents on board.” Principal Victor feels that the school’s  emphasis on involving parents in their children’s school lives has helped students, and Coachman, succeed. Parents take part in school assemblies and performances… Continue Reading Parent Involvement: Alice Coachman Elementary School

Alice Coachman culture thumbnail Students recite the mission statement each morning during student-led morning announcements. Faculty and staff are hired based on their commitment to this mission and seek to work at Coachman Elementary because of the educational power of this shared vision. Parents choose Alice Coachman for its strong academic climate, emphasis on skills development, and its caring… Continue Reading Aspects of School Culture: Alice Coachman Elementary School

hopewell staff photo Principal Quigley promotes an egalitarian approach at Hopewell and has transformed the role of teacher aides or assistants into powerful teaching collaborators. Read the transcript of Empowering Staff. Return to the general introduction to Hopewell Elementary School. Contact Information Hopewell Elementary School 16 Monroe Street Taunton, MA 02780-6805 (508) 821-1240 FAX (508) 821-1356 Student Demographics 2009-2010… Continue Reading Empowering Staff: Hopewell Elementary School

Hopewell accountability student photo Hopewell seeks to broaden students’ horizons through offering enrichment programs on Saturdays—a chess club, art classes, music classes, and Spanish classes, through involving students in community service, and through teaching students social and emotional skills to negotiate healthy relationships with others. Read the transcript of Educating the Whole Child. Return to the general introduction to Hopewell Elementary… Continue Reading Educating the Whole Child: Hopewell Elementary School

Hopewell literacy culture student Local educator Ruth Bradley developed an innovative phonics program for early readers that been used successfully at Hopewell for many years. Dr. Bradley recently donated all of her program materials to Hopewell with the hope that it will be made available to other schools. Hopewell teachers also use a Literacy Closet and Readers’ Theater in… Continue Reading Creating a Culture of Literacy: Hopewell Elementary School

Hopewell accountability student photo A challenging district promotion policy prepares students for later success in school and life by ensuring that students don’t advance to the next grade level until they have mastered academic coursework and met homework completion and attendance requirements. A “21st century” report card makes a student’s progress easy to grasp. Despite its numbers of children… Continue Reading Accountability for All: Hopewell Elementary School

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