Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Local school innovation plan to be recognized at national conference

Parker-Varney principal Amy Allen was chosen by the New Hampshire Department of Education to co-present her school's innovation plan to a national audience of education leaders.

Ms. Allen and her team developed the plan this summer to raise student achievement at Parker-Varney, which is a designated Priority School that receives federal money for improvement strategies.

Parker-Varney's innovation plan uses academic data to create individual instruction and personalized learning for every child.  A significant component of the plan calls for ways to use resources more effectively. One result of that goal is the school's new Innovation Learning Lab. Time in the school day is now dedicated to giving all students more learning opportunities on the lab computers, which were paid for with Priority School funds.

The "Building Systemic and Sustainable Turnaround Efforts" conference in San Francisco, hosted by the Center on School Turnaround, offers the chance for educators to hear from experts in the field of school improvement as well as share experiences, challenges and successes. Ms. Allen's presentation of her plan with members of the NH DOE is one session on the agenda. The conference will be held September 23-24.

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