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Title: Closing the Achievement Gap and Improving your School Through the Community School Model

Closing the Achievement Gap and Improving your
School Through the CommunitySchool Model
Desiree Margo- Principal M.A. Lynch/Coordinator
District Community School Initiative Leslie
Westendorf- Lynch Title I Teacher Tom Wrightman-
Lynch Instructional Coach
The M.A. Lynch StoryThe three year Journey from
a school in improvement to a school rated
How the Redmond Community School Initiative began
  • In 2006-2007 due to state assessment data M.A.
    Lynch was given School In Improvement status
  • This designation provided SIG funds (School
    Improvement Grant funds)
  • This designation created the opportunity in
    2007-2008 for the M. A. Lynch staff to take a
    close look at the teaching and learning
    occurring at the school.
  • John Hartford , M. A. Lynch Principal at the
    time, led the staff as they worked to
    create programs and academic interventions to
    improve the achievement of their students
  • Lisa Flora, a second grade teacher at M.A.
    Lynch, coordinated the creation of an intensive
    academic after school intervention program

Program Growth2008-2009
  • With the experience of developing a successful
    after school program, The M.A. Lynch principal
    and staff exhibited a readiness to further
    develop programming and with the support of the
    Commission on Children and Family were awarded a
    Community School Grant.

Critical Resources
  • This grant provided the critical resources
    needed to take the next steps to develop a Full
    Service Community School
  • CCF provided
  • Funds for a site coordinator
  • Funds to support partner programming

  • In 2009 -Due to the early success of M.A. Lynch
    , the readiness the district exhibited , and
    the community REV document in addition to the
    leadership of Superintendent Vickie Fleming, The
    Redmond School District was awarded a 5 year
    21st Century Community Learning Center Grant.
  • Lynch
  • Terrebonne
  • Elton Gregory Middle School
  • Obsidian Middle School

In 2010 Vern Patrick was awarded a three year
Oregon Community Foundation Community School
Grant The Redmond School District now has five
community schools
Essential for the success of a community school-
Start with a strong Foundation
  • The Redmond School district guided the community
    through a collaborative community process to
    determine district priorities. The result of this
    process is the REV (Redmond Educational Vision)
    One of the clear and urgent themes was Community

Community Schools- REV
  • Redmond public schools belong to the community.
    It is important to provide opportunities for
    enrichment, extended learning, and before -and
    after-school programs. Schools must be welcoming,
    safe, and foster a culture that embraces
    differences and encourages understanding.

The REV provides the foundation for the growing
Community School Initiative and honors the
collective recommendation and priorities of our
Redmond community.
What is a community school?
  • A community school is both a place and a set of
    partnerships between the school and other
    community resources. It has an integrated focus
    on academics, health and social services, youth
    and community development and community
    engagement that leads to improved student
    learning, stronger families and healthier
    communities. Schools become centers of the
    community and are open to everyone all day,
    every day, evenings and weekends.
  • -- Coalition for Community Schools

What Are The Building Blocks to a Successful
Community School?
  • Community Connection
  • Parent Connection
  • Learning Connection

Community Connection
Supporting our StudentsCollaboration not simply
co-locating or cooperating
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Redmond Area Park Recreation Department
  • Oregon State University Extension Office- 4-H
  • Oregon Rush Soccer
  • Kobukan Karate Kung fu
  • Redmond School of Dance
  • Redmond Youth Soccer Association (RYSA)
  • Art VanGo
  • Chess for Success
  • CampFire USA
  • Redmond Gymnastics Academy
  • Start Making A Reader Today (SMART)
  • All-Star Academy Basketball
  • La Clase (Spanish Literacy Program)

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Parent Connection
Supporting our Families
  • Parent University
  • Monday and Wednesday evenings
  • Family Resource Center Parenting Classes
  • One time workshops
  • Stress Management
  • Helping your child with Math Homework
  • ESL and Spanish GED Classes
  • Padres Latinos de Lynch (PLL)
  • Financial Aid Classes
  • Deschutes County Health Services
  • On site Mental Health
  • On site Health Clinic
  • Neighbor Impact On site Head Start
  • Family Access Network (FAN)

Learning Connection
Cub Club Community School ScheduleStudents
Shouldnt have to choose between the sports they
want to play and the interventions they need
  • Snack and check in
  • Block 1- Academic
  • Intensive academic interventions for identified
  • Homework club for non identified students
  • Academic enrichment for TAG and high achieving
    students who do not demonstrate a need for
    homework club
  • Block 2- Enrichment
  • Sports
  • Tech
  • Arts
  • Science
  • Leadership
  • Service Learning
  • Mentoring

Supporting the Academic needs of our students
  • Academics play the central role in the before and
    after school programming that occurs at Lynch.
    Though the needs of the whole child are met
    through leveraging our partnerships, academic
    success for all is at the core of the community

THE KEYTargeted Intensive Academic
Interventions before school , during the day, and
after school
  • Before school programs
  • After School Programs
  • Push in small group during the day
  • Instructional coach support with use of data to
    inform decision making
  • Title I support before school and during the day
  • Coordination and delivery of interventions by
    school staff

Title I Teacher Support
  1. Organizes and supports School wide assessment
  2. Assists with school wide assessment analysis
  3. Supports Before School Program
  4. After school Program
  5. Supports and assists in planning for small Group
    Interventions and push in support for ALL GRADE
  6. Team Collaboration- Title I teacher is an
    integral part of the academic leadership team

Instructional Coach Support
  • Instructional Coach supports
  • Data teams and data analysis
  • All school assessment planning and implementation
  • All school assessment analysis
  • Is an integral part of the academic Leadership
  • Supports Before and after school intervention
  • Supports during the day intervention planning

Systems Support
  • Master Schedule- an intentional plan that
    maximizes effective instruction
  • Collaborative effort- all specialist support
    small group literacy push in time from
  • Grade Level Curriculum Maps- these maps are used
    in many ways
  • Inform Special Education Support (Preview)
  • Inform before and after school programs
  • Inform Data Team focus

Intensive Academic Interventions for Identified
  • Assessments are used to identify at risk
  • OAKS
  • DRA
  • Houghton Mifflin Resources
  • Teacher assessments
  • Using these assessments, students are identified
  • Students and their families are sent invitations
    to the before and after school academic
    interventions. Staff follow up with phone calls
    when needed
  • Growth targets are set for each student and
    ongoing assessments occur

Before School ProgramRHS Students earn credit
for being a part of the Before School program.
Title I staff provide support for the morning
program as well
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Before and After School Cub Club Interventions
  • LLI- Leveled Literacy Intervention
  • ERI- Early Reading Intervention
  • Houghton Mifflin Resources
  • Rocket Math
  • Rewards
  • DRA Assessment
  • SMART Reading program

  • What are the benefits to students and families?

In three yearsIncreased achievement for all
studentsClosed the achievement gapChanged
Status- from a School in Improvement to a school
rated Outstanding
Reading 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
All Students 80 60 61 79 68 81 88 93
3rd Grade 92 76 79 81 80 85 80 92 96 92
4th Grade 72 86 73 77 78 93 92
5th Grade 83 67 80 74 79 77 67 75 76 95
ELL 17 41 16 43 58 81
Special Education 18 46 17 25 38 34 50 55 75
SES 91

Math 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
All Students 70 76 54 80 81 63 75 85 87
3rd Grade 69 78 71 67 68 78 77 65 81 92 92
4th Grade 62 89 79 71 63 89 83
5th Grade 64 80 67 85 75 79 82 79 75 75 86
ELL 20 29 41 29 22 58 88
Special Education 49 57 19 0 42 33 50 60 72
SES 85
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  • Grants
  • 21st Century Community Learning Center 5 Year
  • Oregon Community Foundation Community Center 3
    Year Grant
  • CCF (Commission on Children and Families grant)
  • CCF- Friendly PEERsuasion Grant
  • Art s Central Support and grant
  • Leveraged Funds
  • TAG (Talented and Gifted)- enrichment classes
  • Title IA set aside (McKinney Vento )- after
    school tutoring for homeless students
  • Title I Staffing- Educational assistants support
    before and after school programs
  • Special Education- Special Education Educational
    Assistants support after school programs
  • Other Classified staff support- Library Media
    Managers, etac

Funding continued
  • Corporate Sponsors- adopt a school
  • Private Sponsors- support individual students
    through scholarships
  • Program fees based based on a sliding scale
    using Free and Reduced data
  • Non Profits
  • Non Profits obtain grants and provide
    programming for students and parents in your
  • State and County Organizations
  • These organizations have their own funding
    source and provide programming in for students
    and parents in your school

Increased opportunities for Health and Social
  • M.A. Lynch has an on site Health Clinic and an
    on site Head Start. In a addition Lynch students
    and families have the support of a full time FAN
    (Family Access Network) advocate to help our
    most at risk students and families weave through
    the often confusing world of social services to
    ensure that all students come to school ready to

Increased Parent and Community Engagement
  • M.A. Lynch provides opportunities for parents and
    community members to build stronger families
    and healthier communities by offering a variety
    of classes and services

What are the lessons learned?What does it take
  • Strong Superintendant support
  • Strong Principal support
  • Staff buy in and support
  • Collaborative school culture
  • Strong belief that EVERY STUDENT CAN SUCCEED
  • Initiative Integrated into the district strategic
    plan and site initiatives- not an add on
  • Highly Effective coordinator
  • Networking opportunities for coordinator
  • Collaboration with partners NOT Co-Locating or
    simply cooperation
  • Strong, effective partners- must be a win/win
  • Integration of school day with after school- not
    simply an add on
  • Site staff support
  • Leverage resources throughout the community and

More lessons learned
  • Start to sustain in year one- otherwise when
    the grant or when funds are gone, the program is
  • Choose effective AND engaging intervention
    materials- not more of the same
  • Empower site staff as leaders
  • Listen to student and parent voice- and then use
    their input to develop and refine programming
  • Welcome and leverage your community resources
  • Continuously look for and apply for grants from
    various sources
  • Develop corporate sponsors
  • Develop ways for a variety of people to
    financially support programming and students
    thorough sponsorships

  • Use data to inform decision making
  • Collect data consistently
  • Use the data to tell a story
  • Share the story
  • APPRECIATE all those who are a part of the
    Community School work
  • Continuously add new partners
  • Create systems and document them

How can this approach be replicated in other
  • What is required is
  • Effective Coordinator
  • Some funds to support intensive interventions
  • Everything else can be leveraged

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