Hewetson Elementary: High-Poverty & Highly Rated

High-poverty Halle Hewetson Elementary in Las Vegas, Nev., rates five stars on Clark County School District’s school performance framework. In last week’s most-clicked ASCD SmartBrief story, school leaders attribute Hewetson’s success to ongoing assessment for growth, literacy interventions, high expectations, parent involvement, and effective classroom management.

Here’s a sampling of free ASCD resources that give a behind-the-scenes look at success stories like Hewetson’s:

  • Seven Systemwide Solutions,” in the 2008 Educational Leadership (EL) on poverty and learning summarizes how leaders in seven districts—Miami-Dade County Public (Fla.), Montgomery County Public Schools (Md.), Cleveland Public Schools (Miss.), Federal Way School District (Wash.), Boston Public Schools (Mass.), Chicago Public Schools (Ill.), and Union City Schools (N.J.)—supported high-poverty students in terms of four major challenges: the achievement gap, parental involvement, children who begin school unprepared, and the teacher-quality gap.
  • Guaranteeing Challenging, Engaging, Intentional Instruction,” the first chapter of Bryan Goodwin’s book Simply Better, discusses the research-based teacher practices that embody high expectations.

  • In the webinar, “How to Plan Rigorous Instruction,” Robyn Jackson explains how to build struggling students’ capacity for rigorous learning over time.
  • Richard Allington details six steps to raise literacy levels for all students in “Every Child, Every Day,” in the March 2012 EL on reading.

Laura Varlas is an ASCD project manager in publishing, and a graduate student in the secondary education: English/language arts program at George Washington University.