Chandler’s Elementary School (Logan County)
- Community: Rural area in southwestern Kentucky
- Enrollment: 145 in grades 6-8
- Grade levels: P-8
- School schedule: Eight-period day
- Formal diagnostic assessments are used as well as analysis of student work to identify needs of individual students.
- Teachers use “I can” statements and learning targets to inform students of what they are learning.
- Vertical and horizontal curriculum and instruction meetings are held for all content areas.
- All students have 90-minute blocks for reading and mathematics.
- Teachers use flexible grouping strategies both during the school day and after school to provide help for students not reaching proficient performance standards.
- Schoolwide positive behavior expectations were developed with input from the students.
- Instructional activities use cooperative learning groups and often provide for physical movement.
- Response to Intervention flex groups meet every morning to personalize instruction and provide additional teacher and peer interaction.
- Rachel’s Challenge program has eliminated bullying in the school.
- Full inclusion of special needs students is practiced.
- Common planning time for collaborating and regular education teachers provides time for developing appropriate modifications.
- Observations, walkthroughs and meetings with administrators are used to analyze how well all students have equal access to knowledge and activities.
- Breaks provide student time for social interactions and physical movement.
- Teachers participated in a retreat focusing on building collegial bonds and a stronger sense of collaboration while drafting interdisciplinary units of study.
- New teachers are paired with mentors within the school and participate in the district’s Professional Growth Academy.
- Teachers are provided a rotation day to use for visiting other school in the district for the purpose of observing and discussing teaching strategies.
- A school book study was conducted using Technology in Classrooms that Work.