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Tuesday, January 22 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom Cooperative: A Collaborative Schoolwide Reform Project Across States and Contexts
This presentation will include a description of a collaborative project between two urban Title I schools that are making great strides toward schoolwide reform. We will explore the collaboration between the two schools (one from Virginia and one from Florida) through the perspectives of the principals, the reading coaches and a university professor who is partnering with the schools. We will explore the nature of effective professional development, the use of technology and social media to facilitate in-depth lesson study, and how each school has promoted thoughtful and adaptable instruction that meets the needs of all children.

We will describe the system that supported teachers in internalizing and taking ownership of effective reform principles, giving them latitude to determine how they can best be implemented in their own school settings.

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Bessie Cooper

Mrs. Cooper is the principal of Bensley Elementary School. She is a former reading coach and classroom teacher. She has led Bensley in increased achievement resulting in several Title I awards
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Connie Farish

Mrs. Farish is the principal of Weis Elementary School. She has a proven track record of leadership in transforming chronically low achieving schools.
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Betty Harvey

Mrs. Harvey is the reading coach at Weis elementary School. She is a former 4th grade teacher and has over 20 years experience working with struggling readers in inner city schools.
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Kathleen Heubach

Dr. Heubach is an associate professor of reading education at the University of West Florida. She is a former reading teacher who continues to work with schools that are striving to overcome the odds related to high poverty chronic low achievement.
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Patricia Kelly

Mrs. Kelly is the reading coach at Bensley Elementary School in Chesterfield County VIrginia. She is an integral part of the leadership team that has led Bensley to consistently high achievement in light of great odds.

Tuesday January 22, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm EST
Delta Ballroom C