MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - After a two-year process that involved several initiatives to facilitate student growth, George Hall Elementary School has been named a Lighthouse School of Excellence, the third school in the nation to earn this distinction. An award ceremony was held Tuesday, May 14.
Renaissance Learning's Lighthouse School program was created to help schools achieve significant academic growth. During the candidacy process, George Hall Elementary focused students on practicing vital skills and provided professional development to help educators use data to inform instruction and move students forward.
George Hall also provided one-to-one computing access for every student, set individualized student goals, and enhanced parental and community involvement.
"Renaissance Learning Programs have been an excellent complement to our curriculum," said Principal Terri Tomlinson. "Math Facts in a Flash helps students develop automaticity with math facts. Accelerated Math reinforces the standards that are taught daily in the classroom, and it is aligned to the Common Core standards. Accelerated Reader provides students the opportunity to read on their individual levels and it promotes a love of reading."
"All of the products are engaging and encourage students to monitor their progress and track their own growth throughout the school year," said Tiffany Miller, third-grade teacher. "As a teacher, I can see the profound effects that the implementation of all Renaissance products has in the classroom. Renaissance products have enabled the students to grow in both math and reading."
"Achieving the Lighthouse School Award is a testament to the collaboration of the principal, teachers, and students in achieving high standards," said Roger Harris, M.Ed., Renaissance Learning program manager. "It's only with vision from the leadership, staff, and students that an accomplishment such as this can be achieved. George Hall staff members are to be commended for their commitment to this amazing challenge and to helping students become lifelong learners."
Renaissance Learning helps schools nationwide boost academic achievement through innovative software that helps educators accelerate learning by focusing students on practicing vital skills, and through professional development that helps educators use data to inform instruction.
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