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April 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Guest: Districts must provide path for schools to innovate

Kip Herron

Kip Herron

Sixty percent of King County residents living in poverty are now located in the suburbs of South King County. In Auburn, the last decade has brought a two-fold increase in poverty and a 10-fold increase in non-English speaking students.

During this time, two elementary schools, Gildo Rey and Pioneer, became Auburn School District performance outliers, achieving high levels of proficiency in both reading and math despite high poverty and a high population of students learning English. They achieved success through school-based leadership, collaboration and analysis and measurement of student progress.

More importantly, they developed customized systems for the delivery of the aligned instruction called “walk to read” and “walk to math,” as well as other innovative frameworks involving child nutrition, co- teacher internship models and fitness programs.

Amid this progress, our district leadership has had to support the beta processes for continuous improvement at the school level and realize that many times it is the mothership that blocks achievement. The road to academic achievement travels from the board room to classroom. Strategic planners, including school boards, superintendents and directors, have to create the conditions that allow principals and teachers the autonomy to deliver customized instruction for students.


Comments | More in Guest opinion, Opinion | Topics: Auburn School District, Gildo Rey, Kip Herron

March 5, 2014 at 5:00 AM

In the category of Best Education Efforts, the winners are….

The World Language Credit Program was one of two efforts receiving top honors at Tuesday's awards ceremony. Photo courtesy Kariba Photography.

The World Language Credit Program was one of two efforts receiving top honors at Tuesday’s awards ceremony. Photo courtesy Kariba Photography.

The Seattle-area winners in a first-ever education awards ceremony held Tuesday are:

But wait — first a word on the contest and the 21 finalists, chosen by a panel of local and national education experts.  (And please note there was a second awards ceremony Tuesday night, too, honoring the Seattle-area’s Global Educator of the Year, and we’ll reveal that winner by the end of this post, too.)

The first contest was sponsored by the Road Map Project, a consortium of school districts, cities, community organizations, higher education institutions, early learning providers, businesses and others working together to improve public education in south Seattle and South King County. On Tuesday evening, that group held a black-tie optional gala at the Museum of Flight to honor efforts in their region that are raising student academic achievement.


Comments | More in News | Topics: Auburn School District, Noah Zeichner, Road Map Project