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  • Teaching like a Learning-Focused school has made a significant impact over the years of steady improvements!Principal Becky Greene Blue Ridge Middle School, Greenville, SC Recipients of the Palmetto Gold award for overall performance and Palmetto Silver award for closing the achievement gap
  • Learning-Focused Strategies is the best model that we have used in years! The strategies that we have learned in the process have helped our teams develop stronger differentiated activities that appeal to a vast number of different learners. The Learning-Focused way gives ownership of learning to the student. It fosters growth in both the instructor and the learner.Mamie Lou Gross Elementary School, Camden County, GA
  • We rated top in the in learning gains in math and reading. We jumped from a C school to an A school in one year with Learning-Focused!Wildwood Middle School, Sumter County School District, FL
  • We have shown much improvement in the quality of instruction. Time on task has increased and “best practice” has been utilized throughout the school day. State assessments results have shown growth for Hispanic students especially. Greater emphasis on student centered activities, collaborative pairs, student assessment, and higher order learning goals have improved student achievement. Learning-Focused truly does improve student learning and assists with quality instruction in the classroom.Georgetown Elementary School, Indian River School District, DE
  • Thank you. The ongoing support from Learning-Focused has been invaluable to me and my students. After observing schools this year who do not use Learning-Focused, compared with those who do, I can see a major difference in student achievement and involvement, not a small accomplishment. Thank you for all the wonderful guidance and ideas.SLeon County Schools, FL
  • The Learning-Focused workshop was single-handedly the most relevant, beneficial and exhausting workshop that I have attended in the last ten years. I was dreading the process of going through more professional development but this program made organizing it so much easier than I could have hoped. I know that we’ve only begun to scratch the surface but I’m looking forward to seeing and doing moreDana West High School, Port Byron, NY
  • Our school district is an “A” this year with 7 out of 9 of our schools making A’s. We rank 16th in the state out of 67 districts and rank 2nd since 2001 for gains made in reading and math. Learning-Focused is working!!Sumter County Schools, FL
  • We love having a professional development initiative that spans the years, pertains to everyone, and gives immediate results to the staff who first try the strategies. Learning-Focused is one of the only vehicles for professional development where the company grooms in-house experts rather than preach to our staff from above and beyond (the classroom and day to day student contact).Middle Township Middle School, Middle Township School District, NJ
  • Students have experienced an average increase of nearly 20 percentage points and one contribution to this gain is because of implementing Learning-Focused. It has revitalized our teachers!Shrewsbury Elementary School, Southern York County, PA
  • Our state test scores have improved immensely since the district wide implementation of Learning-Focused. Our Spring test scores reflect these gains. As a district, our schools ranked first in the state in reading, mathematics, and writing. Learning-Focused trainers have been awesome. Using different approaches, they have set a common goal for our district. They have worked to motivate our teachers and been around to celebrate our successesLong Neck Elementary School, Indian River School District, DE
  • For the first time, Edneyville experienced high growth in its EOG test scores and received ABC money for their effort. We believe Learning-Focused was definitely a contributing factor to our results.Edneyville Elementary School, Henderson County Public Schools, NC
  • I’m so excited about the Learning-Focused Assessment Prompts. I’m always hearing that we should have a variety of activities in a class period, that students have limited attention spans, that teachers should check for understanding, etc. But this is the first time I’ve actually had a strategy for making that happen!Milford High School, DE
  • I have had nothing but positive experiences with Learning-Focused. I have attended the past 3 national conferences and learned a great deal to bring back to my teachers. I am hooked on Learning-Focused! I am convinced if we continue to grow as a Learning-Focused school, student achievement will continue to improve.Camden County High School, GA
  • The implementation of Learning-Focused instructional strategies, curriculum alignment, and by the extending thinking activities within each acquisition lesson has led to positive results (12-14% increases). Learning-Focused offers the whole package: research based, implementation, framework, instructional strategies, resources, trainings, and materials. Thank you kindly for providing a product that had helped raise student achievement and providing a framework that connects students to the lesson.Indian River Education Complex, Indian River School District, DE
  • Our reading scores over the past two years have improved dramatically. We love using Learning-Focused as a model in our school. I can honestly say that my staff uses it across the board and would not want to go back to teaching any other way.Washington Heights Elementary School, West Shore School District, P
  • Our school grade was raised from a low C to a very high B in only 1 year. Our school has enjoyed having Learning-Focused consultants visit!Boggy Creek Elementary, Osceola School District, FL
  • We earned our first state grade of A this past year!Kissimmee Elementary, Osceola School District, FL
  • I love Learning-Focused! As an instructional coach and curriculum specialist, LF has helped me work more effectively with teachers–focused lesson planning, a variety of strategies for classroom instruction and student-driven instruction. I believe the focused instruction has led to better understanding of curriculum goals and objectives (what we want students to know, understand, and do), improved teacher collaboration, and better assessment scores. It has made lesson planning much more effective. The lesson products and the collaboration among teachers has inspired many.I love Learning-Focused! As an instructional coach and curriculum specialist, LF has helped me work more effectively with teachers–focused lesson planning, a variety of strategies for classroom instruction and student-driven instruction. I believe the focused instruction has led to better understanding of curriculum goals and objectives (what we want students to know, understand, and do), improved teacher collaboration, and better assessment scores. It has made lesson planning much more effective. The lesson products and the collaboration among teachers has inspired many.Bruce Drysdale Elementary, Henderson County Schools, NC
  • I would like you to know that I have never seen or used such a powerful philosophy packaged in a unit that can bring about so much change in a teacher’s approach to teaching and breaks down the barriers of the “myth” of what we are working to help students learn.Highland Elementary, West Shore School District, PA
  • The use of Learning-Focused has enabled the staff to use exemplary practices and to use collaboration of staff and students to move to 98% meeting or exceeding the standards.Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Indian River School District, DE
  • I just love the Learning-Focused Toolbox website. It has made me a more effective and efficient teacher, and they are to revise or just stay the same for whenever you need them. I thank you for this so much.Macintosh County Schools, GA
  • Since we have implemented Learning-Focused, our seventh grade Writing Test overall percentile rank has risen 13% points and our Math EOG percentile rank has risen 12%. I am convinced that this is due to our pervasive and consistent use of Learning-Focused and administrative 5 x 5’s to monitor this instruction. I am very impressed with the change in the dynamics in our classrooms since we implemented Learning-Focused. Students are engaged in learning activities that are not busy work but are designed to increase their learning. We are convinced that Learning-Focused works and are appreciative of the supports and materials provided.Apple Valley Middle School, Henderson County Schools, NC
  • Our reading scores over the past two years have improved dramatically. We love using Learning-Focused as a model in our school. I can honestly say that my staff uses it across the board and would not want to go back to teaching any other way.Washington Heights Elementary School, West Shore School District, PA
  • I have worked in a school that embraced Learning-Focused and produced outstanding test results and student achievement, while the teacher morale and enthusiasm was very positive. I have also worked in a school that did not use Learning-Focused and they had horrific state test scores, poor morale, and under-achieving students. It is clear to me that the old “Stand and Deliver” approach to teaching does not work today. Learning-Focused seems to ‘hit the nail on the head’ when it comes to brain research and student success. I’m thoroughly won over.Southern Delaware School of the Arts, Indian River School District, D
  • Our school made AYP last year and ABC High Growth both last year and this year. Learning-Focused has been an integral part of our school’s school improvement plan for the last two years. In that time, we have seen high growth in our students’ achievement which has led our teachers to feel more confident in teaching more rigorous material while still having the lessons student centered.Balfour Education Center, Henderson County Schools, NC
  • My fifth grade team worked very hard to implement the Learning-Focused Acceleration model with the learning support teacher. Both the regular education teacher and special education teacher report that the learning support students were better prepared, thus participated more in lessons and were able to better comprehend the information being presented. Discipline also decreased within 5th grade. Our students appear to have made gains (10% or more), that they have not in the past. Our ESL population made those same gains due to the implementation of best practices as outlined through Learning Focused Schools. Students are being provided the structures they need in order to learn. The acceleration piece has been extremely effective for our special education and ESL populations. The utilization of graphic organizers has also been a very effective support for our students. It provides an avenue for our students to organize their thoughts and then utilize the graphic organizer to produce pieces of writing. The summarization and ticket out the door have also provided teachers with the information they need to inform their next instructional piece. Learning-Focused Strategies is an effective way to look at best practices and put them in a structured model to ensure best implementation.Foose School, Harrisburg School , PA
  • We have improved to a school of high growth for the years of 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. This is the first time in school history that our school has had two consecutive years of high growth. Thanks to the positive teaching practices that engage students based on Learning-Focused.North Henderson High School, Henderson County Schools, NC
  • Implementation of the Learning Focused Model has taken our school from good to great. Student learning, and student learning alone, is driving every instructional decision made in the building. Teachers are cohesively organized in their professional vocabulary as well as their teaching strategies. Students move from grade to grade in our building with an understanding of the expectations and strategies they need to master state standards. We are looking forward to an increase in our state test scores.Jonathan Criswell, Principal, Trenton, TN
  • We have seen great gain in our ELA scores. I know it has to do with the Learning-Focused model of instruction. I hope to continue to see the Learning-Focused sessions offered in Atlanta. It is worth my own money to attend.Lyman Elementary, Spartanburg 5 School District, SC
  • First, the Learning-Focused Schools Model has proven to be an organizational tool for teachers to use as they design learning activities for students. Secondly, for students, it is an organizational tool, which helps them become mentally alert to organize thoughts and process information. Lastly, for administrators, it is a monitoring tool, which assists in keeping focused on student learning and achievement.Brenda Hudson, Greenville High School, Principal
  • Learning-Focused instructional strategies implementation has helped our special education and regular classroom teachers to begin working together as a more cohesive unit. They are now teaching for a common goal with the same high expectations for all. These strategies have certainly made a big difference in our special education students’ CRCT scores. Preview and acceleration strategies, especially, have served as a vehicle for special education teachers to move beyond remediation.Lori Garrett, Meriwether County Schools, Special Education Director
  • Implementing the Learning-Focused Schools Model K-12 in Meriwether County is an on-going process, a work in progress, but as we enter our fourth year we are realizing the tremendous benefits of teaching with a focus on increasing student learning. Our students live in rural, low socio-economic communities, our schools have high populations of minority and special education students, and our students come to us with great challenges in language and vocabulary development. Since we began designing our curriculum and teaching within the framework of Learning-Focused instructional strategies, we have seen our students make tremendous gains in learning as evidenced by their performance on state-mandated assessments. We share a common language for learning, and we are becoming more and more professional, reflective practitioners of both the art and the science of teaching. Our goal has changed, from aiming to teach what is required, to ensuring that all students learn to the greatest possible degree and at the highest possible level. Learning, not teaching, is the issue, and LFS has helped us effectively change our focus.Martha Ann Todd, Meriwether County Schools, Administrative Assistant to Superintendent
  • At the district level, the Learning-Focused Schools Model has forced us to think differently about the delivery of instruction. Prior to LFS, we were looking at teacher performance and not paying an awful lot of attention to student learning. Now, we are totally focused on student learning. Our teachers are planning for learning, and our test scores have out-paced the state for the first time ever. The Learning-Focused Schools Model has given us the model to achieve exemplary status.Thomas M. Richardson, Walton County Schools, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • We just started comparing the results of last year’s CRCT scores with this year’s results. It is amazing! I have attached a chart that shows you the dramatic results (click to see). The implementation of Learning-Focused Strategies and the unbelievable hard work of our wonderful staff have resulted in unprecedented improvement. It is so obvious that the collaboration between teachers and specialists and the sharing of content maps, key vocabulary, and LFS strategies make a huge difference in the learning process for our students. I am so proud and so thrilled for our students, our staff, and our community.EMary Ann Lasseter, Dowell Elementary School, Instructional Lead Teacher
  • I wanted to tell you that our Learning-Focused training was EXCELLENT! Our teachers are excited about the doors that this is going to open for them. We had 100% buy in and enthusiasm for the program. We almost can’t wait for school to start! Thanks again for allowing us as a private school to adopt this wonderful program. I plan to be the Learning-Focused model private school in our area!Albert LaBoy, Trinity Chapel Academy, Headmaster