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ERIC Number: EJ1002198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
What's Best for Our Students? Outcomes Are the Driving Force at One High-Achieving Elementary School
Kinzer, Cathy; Taft, Laura
Journal of Staff Development, v33 n5 p18-20, 22-23 Oct 2012
Monte Vista Elementary School is one of 24 K-5 elementary schools in Las Cruces Public Schools, an urban district in southern New Mexico. The school's 450 students reflect the diversity of its Southwestern community: 75% Hispanic, 17% English language learners, and 68% free or reduced lunch, thus qualifying Monte Vista as a Title I school. Monte Vista opened in August 2010 under the leadership of principal Theresa Jaramillo-Jones with a staff committed to making a difference for the community through a focus on student and professional learning, shared and supportive leadership for all students and teachers, and collaborative professional learning ensuring high achievement for all students. Since that time, Monte Vista has exemplified Learning Forward's Outcomes standard, which states: "Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students aligns its outcomes with educator performance and student curriculum standards" (Learning Forward, 2011). The school's staff accomplishes this by engaging in purposeful collective learning with shared accountability to each other and to students. Monte Vista's teachers are developing knowledge and skills for effective teaching through collegial classroom experiences, using multiple sources of data to inform their decisions, and studying teaching and the outcomes of these efforts on student learning and achievement. Focusing on a culture of collaboration and outcome-based student data, Monte Vista has achieved high scores on statewide assessments for students in all subgroups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico