2012 November Advocate Homepage

2012 November Advocate Homepage

Turnaround teachers
First things first doesn’t always mean the same thing when a low-performing school begins its turnaround – some start with school culture, some with student attitude. For Greenup County High School, it was teachers who had the spotlight.
Raising the bar
The figures don’t lie: Union County’s program to help African-American students has had eye-popping results: a 17.7 percent increase in their graduation rate; and equally healthy reading and math proficiency gains. But the results go beyond closing the achievement gap. 
It’s an acronym that will probably soon be as familiar as KERA or K-PREP: Bring Your Own Device. For multiple reasons, more districts are allowing students to use their own smartphones, tablets and similar electronics in the classroom. There are both pluses and challenges, as districts have learned.
Two other district approaches to electronic devices in the classroom 
Prepping for K-PREP
KSBA’s Fall Regional Meetings this year tackled the topic on the mind of every educator and school board member: the state’s new assessment system. Attendees learned about its components, how they fit together and – perhaps equally important – how the results will be conveyed to the public.

Roll out the welcome
This year’s KSBA Winter Symposium will begin on a new note: a special welcome session that will set the stage for the event itself, while allowing new and veteran board members to mingle. Speakers include a charter school researcher and a Georgia board member.

J.D. Clark, left and Allan Bailey work out a problem in computer math class at Greenup County High School, as teacher Laci Ingles stands by to help. Teachers were the starting point in the low-achieving school’s turnaround plan, now in its second year.

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