Rising From The Margins: Episode Two
Date: December 22, 2023
Transforming Highland Elementary: A Localized Journey of Educational Excellence
Discover the remarkable transformation of California’s economically challenged schools in our podcast series “Rising From The Margins.” This compelling narrative delves into the Intensive Assistance Model (IAM) pilot project by the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. Set in the challenging post-COVID-19 educational landscape, marked by declining student performance, attendance issues, and escalating mental health concerns, the series offers an insightful exploration of the Professional Learning Community (PLC) at Work model. This model is a testament to the power of teacher leadership, collaboration, and data-driven strategies, all meticulously tailored to meet student needs.
The podcast illuminates the three fundamental principles of PLC: a dual emphasis on learning for both students and adults, fostering a collaborative culture, and a strong focus on student outcomes. It showcases how educational teams address critical questions and embody six essential cultural characteristics in schools, including a shared vision and a commitment to ongoing improvement.
Episode two spotlights Highland Elementary in Inglewood Unified School District, a recipient of state emergency funds. Post the enactment of AB 1840 in September 2018, which shifted the focus from state-centric management to local control, the district underwent significant changes. Now under the leadership of Dr. Debra Duardo, Dr. James Morris, and Dr. Bernadette Lucas, Inglewood Unified exemplifies the effective implementation of the Intensive Assistance Model at Highland Elementary. The episode provides a narrative on the pilot project under Principal Mr. Jones and considers its potential district-wide adoption. The forthcoming part of the series promises to delve into the critical role of teacher leadership and collaborative, data-driven methods in the success of Intensive Assistance Model, highlighting the unique needs of each student.
This series is not just a podcast; it’s a rich, educational journey, offering valuable insights into the experiences and achievements of schools participating in the Intensive Assistance Model project.
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