Friday, August 29, 2014

More Than Remediation: Pinkston's Formula for Success

School: Pinkston Middle School
District: Mountain Home Public Schools
Location: Mountain Home, AR
Number of students: 600+ Classworks customer since: 2012

Pinkston Middle School was thrilled to accept the Shannon Wright Outstanding Middle Level Program Award in May 2014. The award honors schools with high achievement in academics including performance scores, student programs, and college and career readiness. Classworks is proud to partner with Pinkston to work towards these exciting goals and increase achievement for all of their students.

When Pinkston Middle started using Classworks they focused on students needing remediation. Using our Universal Screener they targeted students receiving 75% and below. Teachers assigned instruction that focused on the specific skills needed. Students were given time each week to work on Classworks instruction in the lab, yielding the desired results. “Students started feeling confident with their learning when using Classworks,” said Michele McWilliams, principal, “They were able to see immediate scores and results and this motivated them to want to do more.”

As the targeted students progressed, teachers at Pinkston began looking at ways to incorporate Classworks instruction in the classroom in addition to the lab. For example, 7th grade math classes are now using Classworks in their flipped classroom model. Teachers assign Classworks units for students to review at home, allowing class time to be used to apply the new skills and receive additional instruction.

For the 2014-2015 school year, Pinkston is planning to use Classworks new integrated reading activities to support their weekly direct instruction for whole class and small groups. “I’ve been using Classworks to assess my students and differentiate their instruction. Now I am excited to use the new reading activities in my classroom for whole group instruction to help my students meet the rigorous demands of the new standards.” Karyn Jones, teacher, Pinkston Middle School.

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