• Joyce Woodburn  Dr. Joyce Woodburn

    Your child’s academic success is of paramount importance to the Baldwin County Public School System! Over the past four years, under Mr. Eddie Tyler’s leadership as superintendent, backed by an unprecedented commitment from our Baldwin County Board of Education, we have implemented a four-part academic success plan, which is a holistic academic initiative that is designed to help students, teachers, and administrators be the very best they can be. The four parts to the plan involve improvements in student literacy, helping teachers become more diversified in their instructional techniques, making academic decisions based on real-time data, and assisting administrators with monitoring student achievement within their schools. Each part of the plan is essential and supports the other parts. Implementation of the plan has helped the district become increasingly academically successful, as evidenced by improvement in state-mandated test scores. The Baldwin County Public Schools’ Four-Part Plan allows all district personnel to be on the same page, to support each other on the journey toward academic improvement, and to focus on what is most important, the educational success of all students.

    Dr. Joyce Woodburn
    Dean of Academics

     

          
    A brief look at Baldwin County Public Schools Four-Part Academic Success Plan:

    1. Guided Reading
    Supported by Scholastic
    Emphasis on student choice in reading
    We have trained 300+ K-6 teachers in Guided Reading
    We first implemented a Guided Reading pilot in three middle schools and five high schools
    In 2018-2019, all 46 schools implemented Guided Reading

    2. eMINTS
    eMints is a teaching initiative
    Emphasis on using different methods of teaching
    Emphasis on building community in the classroom
    Two-year training program
    2018-2019 (and beyond): We offer teachers stipends for attendance at night trainings
    2018-2019 (and beyond): We pay for substitutes for teacher day training
    2018-2019 (and beyond): We tie eMints to National Board certification (district pays $2000 in application fee)

    3. Scantron Analytics
    This is a HUGE game changer!
    This is a product of Scantron
    All data sources are on one electronic platform
    All data in iNOW transfers into Scantron Analytics, such as:
    TEST SCORES: ACT scores, all state assessment scores, Scantron Achievement Series scores (formative assessment), Scantron Performance Series scores (summative assessment), WorkKeys, and classroom grades, along with,
    Discipline information
    Attendance information
    Student academic watch list
    Standards attained/not attained
    Data helps us restructure how we “do school” and shows us where we need to focus for improvement
    There is a BIG DIFFERENCE between saying that data drives instruction and actually requiring that data drives instruction.

    4. Curriculum Leaders
    We hired curriculum leaders in all middle and high schools
    We continue to use instructional coaches and reading coaches in all elementary schools
    What is the job of a curriculum leader?
    – Monitor student achievement in the entire school
    – Work hand-in-hand with the principal to improve student academic achievement
    – Co-plan, co-teach, mentor teachers
    – Conduct data meetings with teachers, usually by grade span or core content area

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