Friday, April 13, 2012

Lincoln Elementary School Does It Again!

Lincoln Elementary School is a Wisconsin School of Promise for the fourth straight year in a row.

Lincoln Elementary School has maintained a history of strong performance, having won the School of Promise award for the last three years. Despite the changing demographics and rise of socio-economically disadvantaged students, Lincoln has been able to maintain gains, good scores and grow academically. What is Lincoln doing right?

The Lincoln Elementary School Formula for Success.

Teacher Quality:

Lincoln is staffed by highly qualified, seasoned/veteran, and dedicated teachers and staff—staff who are not only experienced, but are passionate about their students and seeing those students succeed.

Special Area Teachers:

Special Area Teachers (Physical Education, Art, and Music) have been an asset to Lincoln’s success as well. They have worked both Reading and Math standards into their lessons throughout the year and intentionally teach key vocabulary for academic subjects in their classes. This solidifies the wrap-around effect, which is designed to detail the importance of all skills in all curriculum areas.

School Climate:

Lincoln boasts a strong character program, which has been in place for 12 years and is partnered with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a systemic approach to proactive, school-wide behavior based on a Response to Intervention (RtI) model. PBIS applies evidence-based programs, practices and strategies for all students to increase academic performance, improve safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school culture. This has led to fewer classroom interruptions. With fewer disruptions, fewer students are being distracted from learning and being taken from the classroom for behavioral intervention. Truancy has also dropped, which means more students in the classroom, and they’re on time. The principal, teachers and staff work to develop a sense of pride and ownership among the students and parents, which results in increased involvement. Getting the students into the classroom and keeping them there has had a profound impact on student achievement.

Data Driven Decisions:

Through the use of data driven decision-making, Lincoln teachers have been able to do what is best for students. Translated, student assessment data is carefully monitored each week resulting in the development of either specific intervention or enrichment groups. This focus on the detail and teaching for mastery has been a key ingredient associated with their success.

Parental Involvement:

Despite a shift in demographics, Lincoln had 100% parent contact during conferences. Teachers and staff have been able to engage parents, build stronger relationships and encourage a deep involvement of the parents in their child’s education. According to Lincoln Principal Shawn Galvin, “Parent involvement is key to the school’s success.”

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