East Oldham Middle School
- Community: Suburban area near Louisville
- Enrollment: 591
- Grade Levels: 6-8
- School Schedule: Five-period day
- ESPN (Enriching Student Programs as Needed) is a 30-minute daily time that students are assigned to when additional help or one-on-one instruction is needed.
- Common assessments are used and analyzed to inform instruction.
- A literacy coach provides instructional support for teachers and is a very integral part of the school.
- Team meetings, content meetings and PLCs provide teachers with time to discuss ideas and instructional strategies.
- Multiple formative assessments are used in most classrooms.
- Gradual release of responsibility model is used by teachers to support student learning.
- Students are provided with planned physical activity daily.
- Grade level interdisciplinary learning projects motivate students to learn (e.g., water project, race cars, rockets, probability fair, children’s books).
- Student-led conferences help students take responsibility for their own learning and bring more parents into the building.
- Behavior expectations have been established and shared with students and families.
- The school’s reward system is a great motivator and is used for academics, behavior and social growth.
- Special education and regular education teachers work together to design an effective program to help students succeed within a least restrictive environment.
- Classrooms are equipped with projectors, tablets and document cameras that are used by teachers to enhance instruction.
- Strong administrative team oversees the day-to-day functioning of the school, shares decision-making responsibilities and supports the school’s success.
- The principal empowers her staff and, as a result they are willing to take risks and take initiative.
- Built-in early release days for instructional planning and sharing are included in the school calendar.