Strategies for Student Success 2015 - Page 9

no’s art teacher has also helped students create graphic organizers for science class. To accomplish all this, teachers work together constantly. Every adult in the building is accountable for student achievement, according to Principal Patrice Shipp, and faculty members work as a team regardless of the subjects they teach. Enrichment teachers receive the same professional development as other teachers, learning skills like building lesson plans around standards, and all faculty participate in the same professional learning communities (PLCs). All teachers observe one another in class at least twice each year. Delano’s strong data-driven culture includes full staff participation so the school can use the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) results to help students learn and grow. The entire faculty has helped with the school’s TCAP Saturday camps to help kids prepare for tests, as well as TCAP camps for parents explaining how to read data and help students accordingly. Delano is a technology-focused optional school for kids in Shelby County Schools, so one enrichment subject that is continually assimilated with classroom work is technology. In addition to regular use of educational electronics in everyday instruction, kids attend weekly computer classes to gain technical skills while reinforcing core subject concepts. This time has also been useful for TNReady assessment preparation. By the time kids leave Delano, they are highly proficient and confident with technology. Ms. Williams remembers one child who arrived at the school in kindergarten with no computer exposure, but who could type 70 words per minute by the end of fifth grade. Every teacher’s day includes time to build relationships and help address kids’ social, academic, and behavior needs. All teachers routinely tutor kids in reading and math, engaging actively in each child’s academic status and goals for improvement. Every Delano instructor sponsors an individual after-school student club, which is why Delano is able to offer programming for kids interested in everything from etiquette and poetry to drama and world music. “Our parents, our teachers, students, administrators – all of us have a strong commitment to making sure students excel academically,” said Ms. Shipp. “We are just very proud of our students’ academic success.” “Our students love technology. They catch on very quickly. They’re being raised in a technology world, and we have to take advantage of that,” said Ms. Williams. “It’s one thing to sit in a classroom and do your classwork. But when they come out of the classroom, they can see that this is actually something they might want to do one day with their career.” 8 no’s art teacher has also helped students create graphic organizers for science class. To accomplish all this, teachers work together constantly. Every adult in the building is accountable for student achievement, according to Principal Patrice Shipp, and faculty members work as a team regardless of the su X^HXX [XY[XX\XZ]HH[YHٙ\[ۘ[][Y[\\XX\X\[[›ZHZ[[\ۈ[\[[\[[X[H\X\]H[H[YHٙ\[ۘ[X\[[][]Y\ K[XX\؜\HۙH[\[\]X\XBXXYX\[[\HXKY\Y[ۘ[܈Y[[H[HۙH[XY[XX]\۝[X[H\[Z[]Y]\ܛHܚ\XK[Y][ۂY[\\HوYX][ۘ[[XۚX[]\Y^H[X[ۋY][YZH\]\\\Z[XX[[[HZ[ܘ[˜ܙHXXۘ\ˈ\[YH\[Y[\Y[܈XYH\\Y[\\][ۋHH[YHYX]H[[^H\HYBٚXY[[ۙY[]XK\˂[X[\[Y[X\ۙH[\]Y]H[[\\[]\]\^\K][\H ܙ\Z[]HHH[وYܘYK[[&\ۙ]KY][[\H[Y\™[Y\X\][ۈH[\BH[\YH\Z[]H\\Y[ܘ[H T H\[[Y[X\[ܛˈH[\HX[H\[Y]H8&\T]\^H[\[Y\\H܈\\[\T[\™܈\[^Z[[XY]H[[Y[Xܙ[K]\HXX\&\^H[Y\[YHZ[[][ۜ\[[Y\Y&HX[ XY[ZX[Z][܈YYˈ[XX\œ][[H]܈Y[XY[[X] [Y[X][H[XX[8&\XY[ZX]\[[܈[\ݙ[Y[ ]\H[[š[X܈ۜܜ[[]YX[Y\\Y[XX\H[[\XBٙ\ܘ[[Z[܈Y[\\Y[]\][H]\]Y]H[]H[XB[ܛ]\X˂'\\[\XX\Y[YZ[\]ܜ8$[و\]HHۙ[Z]Y[XZ[\HY[^[XY[ZX[K8'HZY\˂\ 8'H\H\\HYو\Y[&BXY[ZXX\˸'B'\Y[ݙHXK^H]ۂ\H]ZXK^x&\HZ[Z\Y[HXHܛ [H]HZHY[YHق] 8'HZY\ˈ[X[\ˈ8']8&\ۙH[][H\ܛH[[\\ܚˈ][^HYH]وH\ܛK^H[YB]\\XX[HY][^HZY[™ۙH^H]Z\\Y\'B