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ERIC Number: EJ941518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Robert M. Finley Middle School: Building Community, Respect, and Achievement
Principal Leadership, v11 n9 p68-72, 74 May 2011
This article features Robert M. Finley Middle School, a school that is considered by the entire Glen Cove, New York, community as important and successful. Gaps in student achievement have decreased significantly and all student achievement has improved over the last five years in this school, where nearly half of the 652 students are from families that are considered economically in need. Everyone agrees that the school works hard to celebrate its diversity and prevent any student from feeling disenfranchised. The cumulative effect of the school's approach to engaging every student with hands-on, focused instruction has helped produce overwhelming academic gains on state assessments in English language arts and mathematics--gains that are even more striking when looking at performance over time by each student group. By closing academic achievement gaps, the school has become, according to Joseph Laria, the interim superintendent, "a beacon of hope for every student." Reflection is an integral part of life at Finley. Each team has undertaken a self-study as part of a schoolwide initiative. Eighth-grade teachers share the changes they have observed over the last five years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York