By Ken Stoflet, Communications Specialist
In our day-to-day lives, we often overlook the small things, like perfectly formed pancakes for breakfast, a good morning text, or our favorite song on the radio while we’re on our way to work (T-Swift, anyone?). While small, these moments can add up and make a big difference over time. In education, those small things, such as a student experiencing an aha moment while working through a math problem or learning the meaning of a new word, adds up to something tremendous: growth. Hearing these types of stories from educators is inspiring. Each one is so proud of their students’ growth and achievement. You know how you can tell when someone is smiling over the phone? The educators below were doing just that and they loved talking about their students’ growth. Below, we’ve highlighted three incredible success stories we covered in the last couple of months.
Davis IB Elementary School
Davis IB Elementary School was recently ranked as Mississippi’s top elementary school. For five years and counting, the school has achieved an A grade in the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) accountability ratings. While the school has regularly achieved these rankings, maintaining them can be challenging for a school offering an advanced academic program. Because of that, Principal Kathleen Grigsby leans on Renaissance Star Reading®, Renaissance Star Math®, and Renaissance Star Early Literacy® for fast, accurate assessments and Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360® to spark a love for reading.
Saint Marys Area School District
Elk County, Pennsylvania
Tractors in the parking lot and state-of-the-art education technology in the classroom form the perfect embodiment of this school’s mission to deliver “world-class education with a rural advantage.” In this largely rural district, students benefit from personalized attention, inclusiveness, and a highly supportive school-community partnership, which often characterize education in small-town settings. Perhaps less typical is the district’s longstanding utilization of assessment technology to guide instruction and enable data-driven decision-making. Middle School Principal Noel Petrosky credits Accelerated Reader 360 and Renaissance Star 360® for giving the district a wealth of data so educators can help students reach proficiency and grow.
Warrenton Grade School
They just didn’t want to read. Rewards and incentives that usually worked for first graders held no sway. But between the start of the school year in September and the close of their reading program in late May, a tiny miracle unfolded. Twenty-six disinterested, diffident 6- and 7-year-olds discovered they could read—and they loved it! By the end of the year, Crystal Salmi’s first-grade class at Warrenton Grade School in Warrenton, Oregon had set a new standard for achievement, together reading nearly 5,000,000 words in more than 7,000 books. Salmi believes that from their first hesitant steps as emergent readers, her students gained ground because of ready access to high-interest books, a supportive teaching and community ecosystem, and a program built on the Renaissance Accelerated Reader® application.
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