At George Hersey Robertson Elementary School, educators and school leaders have worked hard to achieve a balance of consistent instructional practices and flexibility, allowing opportunities for teacher creativity and student choice. As one educator notes, “our writing kind of went from prescriptive one size fits all … and kind of teacher centered … and then it shifted to more time with kids writing and authentic writing.” Their efforts have resulted in a community of students who are supported to see themselves as evolving, multi-dimensional writers, equipped with the skills to persuade their community to action, reflect their feelings in a poem, or thoughtfully provide feedback in peer conferences.
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George Hersey Robertson School
Ms. Jennifer DeRagon, Principal at time of Nomination
227 Cross Street
Coventry, CT, 06238-3304
|Student Demographics 2020|
|Number of students grades 3-5||367|
|Students eligible for subsidized meals||27%|
|Students receiving special ed services||19%|
|African American students||1%|
|Hispanic or Latino students||9%|
|Two or More Races||3%|
|Student mobility rate||2%|