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Transforming Low-Performing Schools by Focusing on Literacy

Date of broadcast: 
Tue, 01/31/2017
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For administrators taking on the challenge of turning around failing schools, developing a strategic focus for improvement efforts is crucial. The Stringfellow Elementary School—a preK-5 school in the Colquitt County Schools in Georgia—had been one of the lowest-performing schools in the state, given a failing grade by the Georgia DOE and under risk of state takeover.

Principal Tret Witherspoon and Vice Principal Josh Purvis helped develop and implement an ambitious schoolwide improvement plan for the 2014-2015 school year, which included a focus on early literacy through a variety of approaches to instruction, intervention and family support. Within one school year, Stringfellow was removed from the state’s failing schools list after becoming one of the most improved and one of the highest scoring elementary schools in the district.

Attend this web seminar to learn from Stringfellow’s principals about the seven steps they took towards leading change, how leaders can make change less challenging, and how Stringfellow utilized Istation as part of its highly successful early literacy intervention program.

Scheduled speakers:
​Tret Witherspoon

Stringfellow Elementary School
Colquitt County Schools (Ga.)

Josh Purvis
Sunset Elementary School
Colquitt County Schools

Karen Ingram
National Education Consultant

Who will benefit: Administrators interested in turning around low-performing schools. Anyone may attend.