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Maine’s Positive Story of the Day from Princeton Elementary School ~

According to Principal Charity Williams, “This year teachers at Princeton Elementary School took a leap and adopted not only a new Math program (Reveal) but a new reading program (CKLA) as well. Both of these programs are rigorous and require changes in the way teachers teach.  Our educators worked together to train, plan, problem-solve, and become comfortable in shifting the way they teach reading and math. This month we have been working to assess our students using Star assessments in reading and math and star math and reading CBM. We are looking at the data and tracking how our students are doing from the beginning of the year. The data shows our teacher’s hard work and dedication is paying off.  Our students are making great progress.  Significantly More students are at grade level this year in reading and math than in years prior.  We as a staff have been reenergized by the data.  They are taking the data and using their WIN (What I need time) and after-school tutoring time to identify specific skills students are struggling with and working to fill those gaps.  Our math coaches are learning about Pam Harris’ work on Problem strings and implementing those into their math lessons.  Students have said “These are fun, can we do more?“  and “we are learning how to unyucky math problems.” All teachers who teach reading will be taking LETRS training next year so we can really understand how students learn to read and how we can best support them in that process.  Even under the stress and challenges, we as a school have faced during the past two years our teachers, leadership team, and principal are still innovating.  At PES Our Student’s education comes first and we take great pride in the gains our students are making this year.”  


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