502 S. Auburn Street Indianapolis, IN 46241 Telephone: 317-243-4488 FAX: 317-243-5718 Principal: Karen Boatright Grade Levels: K-6 Rhoades Elementary School Web Site
Annual Review Revised Goals Based on March 24, 2005, PDS Site Review Report Rhoades Elementary School is located on the West Side of Indianapolis. It is one of eleven elementary schools in MSD Wayne Township Metropolitan School District. The school houses 793 students in grades pre-K through sixth grade. Approximately 75.1% of the students receive free or reduced lunch. Rhoades has 40% mobility rate. It is considered an urban fringe school. There are 46 certified staff members at Rhoades. Rhoades is a Title 1 school. Rhoades also houses two GT classrooms for Grades 3–6. GOAL 1. Teacher Preparation: Student teachers will have experience in the following:
Sixteen Ball State student teachers were placed at Rhoades for student teaching during the 2005-06 school year. The students worked collaboratively with a team of three teachers. Each student teacher was placed with one primary classroom supervisor, but also worked under the guidance and expertise of two other teachers. The student teachers at Rhoades had a variety of experiences and training in curriculum integration. The students attended trainings by the Rhoades reading consultant, Dr. Susan Page. This professional development focused on reading comprehension strategies, guided reading, the 4-step mini lesson format, and vocabulary. In addition to this training, they participated in writing performance assessments, collaborative planning, analyzing data, creating and giving assessments, and technology integration. Student teachers also received training in various reading assessments including DIBELS. All student teachers gained experience in guided reading at both the primary and intermediate levels. During the weekly seminars, the student teachers learned and discussed process writing, student-led conferencing, technology integration, integration of the multiple intelligences into lesson planning, differentiation and assessment, classroom management, and reading instruction. The student teachers participated in parent-teacher conferences, student-led conferences, tutoring, faculty meetings, and other professional development opportunities offered at the school. GOAL 2. Staff Development: Cooperating teachers will serve as effective mentors and coaches in research-based instructional practices. They will continue to improve the implementation of the co-teaching models. Strategies:
Cooperating teachers and support teams have served as effective mentors and coaches in research-based instructional practices. All certified staff have participated in a variety of professional development activities throughout the year. Professional development has included literacy instruction and writing, using 6+1 Traits of Writing with Dr. Susan Page, and implementation of a balanced assessment system and analyzing data to improve differentiated instruction. The staff participated in a book study, Building Background Knowledge by Robert Marzano. GOAL 3. Research: How do Action Research and Data Analysis impact student achievement? Strategies:
All certified staff worked with their teams to conduct a yearlong research study on a specified area of literacy. The teams presented the action research data and analysis on a science board format to the administrators and staff on April 8, 2006. The Rhoades staff continued their data driven focus by administrating frequent assessments that included weekly language arts and math, quarterly criterion-referenced assessments, monthly DIBELS for reading, and district beginning and ending of the year assessments. Teachers have begun to include students in goal setting and tracking progress. GOAL 4. Student Learning: Student Achievement scores in math, writing, and reading comprehension will increase 10% by 2008. Strategies:
The 2005-2006 school year was an award winning year for Rhoades Elementary that ultimately reflected the growth in student learning and achievement. In September 2005, Rhoades was named a National Blue Ribbon School under No Child Left Behind. In February 2006, Rhoades and Ball State University were the recipients of the 2006 Nancy Zimpher Award for Best Professional Development School Partnership. Rhoades added an ESL program and Gifted and Talented Program. With the addition of these new student populations, Rhoades must continue to focus on instructional strategies that will address the various learning needs of our students and positively impact student achievement.
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