CCSD Wins Top National Award for Excellence in Teaching Practices

CCSD Wins Top National Award for Excellence in Teaching Practices

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innovative district logoThe Cherokee County School District has won a top national award for excellence in teaching practices!

The International Center for Leadership in Education, a division of global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has named CCSD an Innovative District for 2018 – one of only 11 school districts in the Nation to be recognized!

Selection is based on criteria including substantive, data-validated student academic growth; a strong student learning-centered culture; and dedication to transforming instruction to best serve students’ needs today and in the future.

“We’re most proud that the significant work over the last three years by our Office of Curriculum & Instruction and every one of our school administrators and classroom teachers is improving the education our students receive, but it’s also incredibly rewarding to receive National recognition for those efforts,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, noting he greatly appreciates the School Board’s support for the initiatives that led to the honor.

CCSD was recognized for its districtwide, multi-year plan to improve teaching and learning. This began with the implementation of the Instructional Framework standards for instruction and assessment, and continued with the introduction of Professional Learning Community teacher groups; the creation of the Instructional Lead Strategist teacher coaching positions; the formation of Data Teams for Learning to guide teachers in using data effectively; the development by teachers of Rigorous Curriculum Design lesson plans; and the mind-shift to begin true blended learning using resources such as the Canvas learning management system.

Dr. Nicole Holmes, Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Nicole Holmes, Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Hightower said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole H. Holmes and Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Keith Bryant have played important leadership roles in the plan’s success.

“It’s a challenge to take a high-performing school district and identify how to further improve teaching and learning, and it’s an ever greater challenge to get buy-in from your organization that change is needed,” he said. “They’ve succeeded at both, which has resulted in stronger instruction and this extraordinary recognition.”

The Innovative District recognition includes presenting a session on best practices to teachers and education leaders from across the country at the Center’s 26th Annual Model Schools Conference this summer in Florida. CCSD leaders will present on the topic: “Becoming a System of Effective Instruction.”

Dr. Keith Bryant, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Keith Bryant, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction

“We applaud these inspiring districts for persevering on a path to rapid improvement by creating a positive systemwide culture of high expectations and strong, positive relationships,” said Dr. Willard R. Daggett, the Center’s founder and chairman.

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