Join JP in beautiful New Orleans for the 2012 Plain Talk About Reading Institute! This year, JP will be presenting Problem Solving in a Culture of Change and Supporting Students with Autism in the Regular Classroom: Elements for Literacy.
Join Doug Blancero and Omar Tabb as they present Problem Solving in a Culture of Change. This interactive breakout session will show participants how to use problem solving models that will also serve as team building and coherency building strategies that can be implemented immediately upon return to their schools.
Janie Feinberg, David Whiting and Natalie Beach will present Supporting Students with Autism, which will familiarize attendees with the core elements of a current, successful model for preparing and supporting regular classroom teachers who currently struggle to meet the needs of mainstreamed students on the Autism Spectrum.
Appling County Elementary School Achieves Silver Award - Baxley, GA School Earns "Greatest Gains" on State CRCT
02.07.2012 - Boy, are we proud of Appling County Elementary School - they just won the coveted Silver Award from the Governor's Office of Student Achievement for "Greatest Gains" on state assessments under the Single Statewide Accountability System. Now that is something to celebrate!
The Governor's Office of Student Achievement in Georgia awards schools that show excellence and/or progress in student performance. The award means Appling County Elementary was able to meet AYP for two consecutive years, 25% of their students exceeded the state testing standards and they were in the 96% of greatest gains.
Appling County Elementary has worked with JP and SIS Maggie Boozer for the past ten years. Maggie says the award is well-deserved and no surprise to her considering how hard the leaders of the school work.
According to Maggie, Appling County has always been on top of their game. Since joining forces with JP Associates back in 2002, they have consistently managed to stay a bit ahead of the learning curve. Says Maggie, "We've taught them to develop specific plans to address needs based on what data reveals, and they have always made efforts to follow what research indicated was needed."
Appling County's Superintendent, Scarlett Copeland, and Special Education Director, Darlene Schieber, have been extremely receptive to JP and understand and believe in the importance of ongoing professional development. Appling County continues to call and rely on JP's ongoing training, guidance and support. The district feels JP's Professional Development Services provides realistic training to the teachers at Appling County Elementary, and according to school leaders, this has been a major factor in their continued gains on high stakes testing.
Appling Special Education Teacher and JP Teacher of the Year for 2011, Elaine Black, is grateful to have JP's guidance and support. "JP has taught me how to teach reading!" And beyond reading, Ms. Black says JP encouraged Appling to use the program in other areas, as well, and they have met with success for teachers and students. "I am a better teacher because of JP," claims Ms. Black. She remembers years earlier feeling frustrated that her students could not read, no matter how many programs she tried to use. The frustration soon gave way to joy once she became trained by JP, and "the reading ability of my students improved greatly in just one year. It was the most amazing thing to watch. My kids loved it and I did, too!"
The folks at Appling County Elementary hold a special place in Maggie's heart. "I love many things about Appling County. I have always loved South Georgia, and these folks are for real South Georgians. They are all so welcoming and open to new learning!" Due to the low teacher turnover many of the teachers have remained the same over the years, and Maggie says she feels like she is at home when she is on their site. She counts the teachers and leaders there as some of her dearest friends.
To learn more about the Professional Development Workshops JP offers, click here You will find full descriptions of all the workshops JP has developed. Take advantage of these wonderful professional development opportunities!
This article was taken from the February 7th issue of our RSN Newsletter. You can view the issue by clicking here.