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Thanks to District/AEA Partnership, Literacy Gains Plentiful for Knoxville Grade Schoolers

May 6, 2016

Photo of John Keitges, Linda Abbot and Sheila FayIn an effort to advance student literacy, the elementary schools in Knoxville and Heartland AEA are working collaboratively to improve instructional practices in each classroom.

  • Elementary staff look at progress data more frequently and build this into their Professional Learning Communities (PLC) structure.

  • Grade level PLC teams review data after each Benchmark Assessment period and follow up this process by holding data review meetings every three weeks to make instructional adjustments when needed.

  • Heartland AEA facilitates the review sessions and has helped establish a decision-making protocol to guide the discussions.

  • Heartland AEA staff district-wide have attended these sessions and special education teachers are part of the conversations as well.

West Elementary principal Linda Abbott and Northstar Elementary principal John Keitges report that all grade levels in K-5, from last fall to this winter have seen an increase in student achievement ranging from 7-35% gains!

“We are confident that they will maintain this structure of reviewing and responding to student data, and we look forward to working with them and supporting their work next year,” said Sheila Fay (Professional Learning & Leadership Consultant/KN).

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