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ERIC Number: ED560198
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Charlotte, N.C.'s Project L.I.F.T.: Ashley Park PreK-8 Launches Multi-Classroom Leadership and Blended Learning. An Opportunity Culture Case Study
Barrett, Sharon Kebschull; Han, Jiye Grace
Public Impact
Tonya Kales came to Ashley Park PreK-8 as its principal (2009-2013), and confronted a school at the end of its rope. Ashley Park was a beautiful facility, but there was no learning going on in the building, it was a chaotic environment for both kids and adults. It was a hostile environment--had adults that were totally incompetent in their teaching skills--and the kids in turn were disengaged. This historically low-performing, high-need school feeds into West Charlotte High School, which holds political and historical significance in the city as an anchor for its community and as the focal point of the city's school desegregation efforts in the 1970s. But Ashley Park was sending students to West Charlotte who were in no way equipped for high school. Kales, a 22-year veteran of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), had never seen anything like it. Kales made rapid-fire changes, bringing in new staff, changing the relationships among the grades to improve instruction, and creating a culture of caring combined with high expectations. The percentage of students meeting state standards increased by 12 percentage points in reading and 15 percentage points in math in the first year of the turnaround under Kales and Assistant Principal Jeanette Reber. Ashley Park PreK--8 School, is one of four L.I.F.T. (Leadership and Investment for Transformation) schools implementing new Opportunity Culture school models and roles.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York; Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: Public Impact
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina