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Wednesday, January 23 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
“It Takes a (Whole) Village to Raise a Child – It takes a (Whole) School to Raise the Test Scores!”
Our reading scores soared from an 83% pass rate to a 95%! It was an effort to pull the school together and have everyone work to support every 3rd grade student in trying to pass the reading SOL test. I will share the “shared meaning” strategy that I took to ensure that all teachers were on board and ready to assist the school in meeting the challenge. The Reading Specialist will share how she created a “data board display” to track the reading progress of every student in our school. She will explain how she groups the children on the “data board” into intensive, strategic, benchmark, and advanced learners. She will also discuss the teacher meetings held every 9 weeks that target student growth and explain how she determines which reading strategies to put in place for the next grading period. Our Third Grade Chair will share how we secured free after-school tutoring and some creative motivational programs that we used to inspire the students to meet the challenge.


Toni Brown

Administrator, Westside Elementary School
Toni has been a teacher at Hardy Elementary School for over 30 years. Her ability to motivate students to learn has allowed her class to have SOL pass rates of 90% - 100% yearly. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Elem. Ed. and School Admin. at Norfolk State... Read More →
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Joyce McDowell

I am married to Dexter and I have two sons, Mike and Chris. I earned a BS in Sp. Ed at Mississippi State University and a Master's Degree in Sp. Ed. at Hampton University. I am currently enrolled in the Ed. D.program for Ed. Leadership at William & Mary. I have taught in the US and... Read More →
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Teresa Vedder

Teresa M. Vedder is a Reading Specialist at Hardy Elementary and an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia. She has thirty-two years in education with twenty-nine years in the field of reading. She has mentored and coached new teachers.

Wednesday January 23, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
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