What every teacher can learn from a Title I school

ECM 148: What Every Teacher Can Learn from a Title I School

How does an improving Title I school do it? What are the improvement secrets? Jayson Snyder, principal of Meadows Edge Elementary in Indiana, shares the secrets: formative assessment, intentional intervention, and how data-driven instruction should look. They work hard to train teachers and have a “yet” mindset.

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Jayson's emphasis on “the power of Yet” is transformational. Before the school started, the teachers learned about the growth mindset and Carol Dweck's research. They listed areas that they hadn't mastered “yet.” The year started with teachers sharing their “not yet” items and then students set “not yet” goals. Improvement has become part of their culture with this shift.

“Continuous improvement and a growth mindset. It's every teacher, it's every staff member, it's every student, it's every day.”

Jayson Snyder is principal at a top 3 Title 1 improving school in Indiana. Featured in ECM Show #148.

There are so many things happening in Jayson's school, but I love how he still has the heart of a teacher. Take a listen to the show and spend time on the takeaways from the show. I've embedded Carol Dweck's Power of Yet TED Talk at the bottom.

Top Takeaways from “What Every Teacher Can Learn from a Title I School”

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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