LSU-Shreveport students are helping inner-city teens connect with science and math with a hands-on, after-school program known as ASPIRE – for After School Program for Innovation and Respect for Education.
Making The Grade
Imagine a school in a poor, crime-ridden neighborhood – discipline problems, dismal reputation, among the worst test scores in Alabama. That was Mobile’s George Hall Elementary in 2004. Now imagine a school known nationwide for innovative teaching and high performance.That’s George Hall Elementary now. In Part IV of our series on “Turnaround Schools,” we find out how they did it.
Sometimes, poorly run disadvantaged schools defy the statistics and turn themselves around. Sometimes, they can even rise so high they become national models for education in any neighborhood. In the conclusion of our series on “Turnaround Schools,” we pick up the story of an elementary school that did just that. How did it happen? It wasn’t easy, but persistence, teamwork, and a belief in the students won out.
Average high school students get a boost through AVID, a college-readiness system that focuses on helping students gain confidence about taking advanced classes and preparing for college.
In three years, Inskip Elementary in East Tennessee went from a failing school to the state’s top ten list. But an attempt on the principal’s life would put the school’s turnaround to the test again. Part II in our series on “Turnaround Schools.”
The first report in our series on “Turnaround Schools” comes from Georgia. Three years ago, a group of the lowest-performing schools in the state began receiving millions of dollars in federal money to fund an ambitious attempt to improve dramatically. As those schools enter their final school year receiving that money, we check in on one school’s progress.
An elementary school in East Tennessee failed to meet performance measures in 2010. By the next year, they were well beyond the state average. Principal Cindy Bosse reveals how the school turned around their scores in a year.