12/11/15 Schools Earn Regional Awards

E. M. Yoder Elementary School  Pictured L to R: Christine Kreider, assistant principal, Leslie Eldreth, principal; Jen Keefe, 2nd grade teacher and Yoder’s Teacher of the Year; with superintendent, Dr. Bill Harrison

E. M. Yoder Elementary School

Pictured L to R: Christine Kreider, assistant principal, Leslie Eldreth, principal; Jen Keefe, 2nd grade teacher and Yoder’s Teacher of the Year; with superintendent, Dr. Bill Harrison

Williams High School  Pictured L to R: Dr. Joe Ferrell, principal; Dee Harrison, teacher; Elizabeth Trevathan, teacher; and superintendent, Dr. Bill Harrison
Walter M. Williams High School

Pictured L to R: Dr. Joe Ferrell, principal; Dee Harrison, teacher; Elizabeth Trevathan, teacher; and superintendent, Dr. Bill Harrison

Schools Earn Regional Awards
12/11/15  
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The Piedmont Triad Education Consortium recognized two Alamance-Burlington schools as Signature School Award recipients at their annual awards ceremony on Friday, December 11 in Greensboro.

E. M. Yoder Elementary School and Walter M. Williams High School were selected as award winners based on significant demonstrated improvement during the past 12 months in a wide array of indicators such as: positive systemic change throughout the school; academic achievement for all students, overall quality of teaching, and successful engagement with parents and the community. The Piedmont Triad Education Consortium is a collaboration of fifteen K-12 public school districts and seventeen higher education institutions in central North Carolina, including Alamance Community College and Elon University.

E.M. Yoder Elementary earned Exceeded Growth status for the 2014-2015 school year. Methods that the teaching professionals at Yoder use to achieve student success include increasing capacity of classroom teachers to provide strong core instruction through the use of curriculum mapping and the data team process. Educators work to reexamine content standards, define what student mastery looks like, and create common formative assessments. In addition, a school-wide focus at Yoder is on using digital learning to improve student performance. Teachers showcase how they are using technology in their classrooms to impact student learning. A technology showcase is published monthly and is on display outside each teacher’s door.

At Williams High School, faculty members focused on improving student learning through in-depth collaborative work on instruction. Like content teachers, along with administration and the academic coach, participate weekly in Data Team Meetings to focus on the needs of individual students. Williams High School earned Exceeded Expected Growth status for the 2014-2015 school year. With an intense effort on increasing rigor for all students, Advanced Placement enrollment for underrepresented students increased 76% over the prior year. Extra support for students is in place through afterschool AP study sessions, summer and winter study skills camp and pairing of AP World History/Honors English I and AP English III Language and Composition/AP US History to promote student success.