By Matthew Tungate
Just like at most elementary schools in Kentucky, there is an appropriate way to walk down the hallway at North Calloway Elementary School (Calloway County). And like most schools, there is an appropriate way to act in class and in the lunchroom.
But North Calloway Elementary may be more detailed than most, as there are appropriate ways to get on a swing or climb a slide. In fact, the school takes the first week of school to promote “positive practice” procedures, and students revisit them after every long break, according to Principal Melinda Hendley.
“We have found that we just assume a lot from our students, and that those expectations were not met before, so we just expected students to behave in certain ways, but we never told them what our expectations were,” she said.
Now that students know behavior expectations up front, teachers aren’t focused on disciplining students, Hendley said. Instead they can focus on getting them college and career ready.
Calloway County schools’ emphasis on discipline stuck out to Kate Akers and Jenny Todd on a recent visit. Akers and Todd, research analysts with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), are studying districts like Calloway County that exceeded their college- and career-readiness targets the last two years.
In February 2011, KDE secured the Commonwealth Commitment from all districts to move 50 percent of their high school students who are not college- and/or career-ready to college- and/or career-ready between 2010 and 2015. Continue Reading