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Robert and Patricia Muth Excellence in Leadership Award

Kimball Elementary School
Port Huron Area School District ~Thomas W. Navarro, Principal

Woods Lake Elementary School
Kalamazoo Public Schools ~ Sara L. Glendening, Principal

Kimball Elementary School serves 301 students in grades preschool through 5. Almost 40% of the student population qualify for free/reduced lunch and 24% are designated Special Education.

Kimball staff refer to their school improvement plan as the "Plan for Success" and it is. Their MEAP scores in reading and math over the last four years have shown growth overall, as well as having progressed from below the district average to above the district average. Their work has also increased the performance of subgroups related to gender (girls and boys) increasing their performance. Not only have more students achieved satisfactory scores at the highest level, significantly fewer children scored in the lowest category of achievement.

The Kimball team begins their planning with data analysis, based on MEAP results of their students. A thorough look at performance and item analysis occurs. This analysis includes both teachers and students.
 
Teachers ask their students to think about what was difficult on the test and what they felt they didn’t know and why. Students, as thoughtful consumers, is a strategy that is not used frequently enough in many schools. Based on the analysis, staff collaboratively plan goals, strategies, and implementation plans. Then the staff adds the key ingredient – additional assessments related to the learning goals, created by and agreed on by grade level across the school. A special staff member, designated a success teacher, and the principal meet with every teacher to see how the students are doing and to plan for additional instruction as well as to provide resources and support to the classroom teacher. This is a model for alignment – lining up resources and action to support your goals.

Staff have supported the idea that noticing when students do something well will set the stage for a great school atmosphere. Students get "noticed" with Super Kub Awards and Lunchroom Awards. Everyone joins in to celebrate behavior that supports a learning environment.

Students are an integral part of thinking about learning. In addition to the behavior awards and debriefing of the MEAP test, the students are also becoming part of what real life problem solving should look like. Next year the Peace Works program will begin to help students work through conflicts responsibly.

Kimball is an excellent example of collaboration, focus and teamwork based on data about student learning.

 

Woods Lake Elementary School
Kalamazoo Public Schools ~ Sara L. Glendening, Principal

Woods Lake Elementary School serves 440 students in grades K-6. Seventy-three percent (73%) of the student population qualify for free/reduced lunch. The students comprise a rich mix of racial/ethnic groups with the largest racial group being African American (43%). Woods Lake is the multi-cultural, bi-lingual center for the district.

To accomplish their mission to "ensure optimal learning for each child," Woods Lake staff use several key research-based, effective strategies – integrating subject areas to create deeper understanding and enhance relevance, using group collaboration to assure teamwork skills as well as individual mastery, and using a variety of strategies to capitalize on different ways of student knowing and learning.

These strategies have been applied to their goals for students in reading and math achievement.  As a result, students’ test scores have improved significantly over the last three years.
 
Woods Lake student achievement in math and reading increased at the highest level and decreased in the lowest performance area. In addition,  Woods Lake has made progress in decreasing the gap between the performance of economically advantaged and economically disadvantaged  students.

A key piece of the success of Woods Lake is its use of multiple methods of assessment to monitor student success. The MEAP performance data is studied and used to direct instructional focus. In addition, the Kalamazoo Public Schools assessment program, which allows for the collection of performance data for students every six weeks, is integrated into planning for instruction. Finally, a Comprehensive School Reform Grant has provided training for the staff in "Different Ways of Knowing" (DWOK). DWOK curriculum provides children with a wide variety of theme-based learning resources. It addresses strengths and needs of a varied student population and builds on those strengths. The DWOK system results in student products which allow them to demonstrate mastery. Staff review and discuss these products. These are three powerful assessment methods to add to daily classroom measures.

In addition to academics, the Megaskills program at Woods Lake helps to strengthen skills that bolster academic success, such as confidence, responsibility, caring, teamwork, problem solving and perseverance. By pulling out all of the stops, the staff believe they can create an environment in which all students can be competent readers by third grade.
 

 

 

Robert and Patricia Muth Excellence in Leadership Award

Kimball Elementary School
Port Huron Area School District ~Thomas W. Navarro, Principal

Woods Lake Elementary School
Kalamazoo Public Schools ~ Sara L. Glendening, Principal

Kimball Elementary School serves 301 students in grades preschool through 5. Almost 40% of the student population qualify for free/reduced lunch and 24% are designated Special Education.

Kimball staff refer to their school improvement plan as the "Plan for Success" and it is. Their MEAP scores in reading and math over the last four years have shown growth overall, as well as having progressed from below the district average to above the district average. Their work has also increased the performance of subgroups related to gender (girls and boys) increasing their performance. Not only have more students achieved satisfactory scores at the highest level, significantly fewer children scored in the lowest category of achievement.

The Kimball team begins their planning with data analysis, based on MEAP results of their students. A thorough look at performance and item analysis occurs. This analysis includes both teachers and students.
 
Teachers ask their students to think about what was difficult on the test and what they felt they didn’t know and why. Students, as thoughtful consumers, is a strategy that is not used frequently enough in many schools. Based on the analysis, staff collaboratively plan goals, strategies, and implementation plans. Then the staff adds the key ingredient – additional assessments related to the learning goals, created by and agreed on by grade level across the school. A special staff member, designated a success teacher, and the principal meet with every teacher to see how the students are doing and to plan for additional instruction as well as to provide resources and support to the classroom teacher. This is a model for alignment – lining up resources and action to support your goals.

Staff have supported the idea that noticing when students do something well will set the stage for a great school atmosphere. Students get "noticed" with Super Kub Awards and Lunchroom Awards. Everyone joins in to celebrate behavior that supports a learning environment.

Students are an integral part of thinking about learning. In addition to the behavior awards and debriefing of the MEAP test, the students are also becoming part of what real life problem solving should look like. Next year the Peace Works program will begin to help students work through conflicts responsibly.

Kimball is an excellent example of collaboration, focus and teamwork based on data about student learning.

 

Woods Lake Elementary School
Kalamazoo Public Schools ~ Sara L. Glendening, Principal

Woods Lake Elementary School serves 440 students in grades K-6. Seventy-three percent (73%) of the student population qualify for free/reduced lunch. The students comprise a rich mix of racial/ethnic groups with the largest racial group being African American (43%). Woods Lake is the multi-cultural, bi-lingual center for the district.

To accomplish their mission to "ensure optimal learning for each child," Woods Lake staff use several key research-based, effective strategies – integrating subject areas to create deeper understanding and enhance relevance, using group collaboration to assure teamwork skills as well as individual mastery, and using a variety of strategies to capitalize on different ways of student knowing and learning.

These strategies have been applied to their goals for students in reading and math achievement.  As a result, students’ test scores have improved significantly over the last three years.
 
Woods Lake student achievement in math and reading increased at the highest level and decreased in the lowest performance area. In addition,  Woods Lake has made progress in decreasing the gap between the performance of economically advantaged and economically disadvantaged  students.

A key piece of the success of Woods Lake is its use of multiple methods of assessment to monitor student success. The MEAP performance data is studied and used to direct instructional focus. In addition, the Kalamazoo Public Schools assessment program, which allows for the collection of performance data for students every six weeks, is integrated into planning for instruction. Finally, a Comprehensive School Reform Grant has provided training for the staff in "Different Ways of Knowing" (DWOK). DWOK curriculum provides children with a wide variety of theme-based learning resources. It addresses strengths and needs of a varied student population and builds on those strengths. The DWOK system results in student products which allow them to demonstrate mastery. Staff review and discuss these products. These are three powerful assessment methods to add to daily classroom measures.

In addition to academics, the Megaskills program at Woods Lake helps to strengthen skills that bolster academic success, such as confidence, responsibility, caring, teamwork, problem solving and perseverance. By pulling out all of the stops, the staff believe they can create an environment in which all students can be competent readers by third grade.