Teachers and students are finding that teacher collaboration has big rewards at Tennessee’s five Reward Schools.

Teacher Collaboration Has Big RewardsBrightly covered sticky notes cover the wall in the instructional coach’s office at East Elementary School. Students names are written on each note.  Each color stands for their TCAP score.

As they take assessments throughout the year, sticky notes move up in the student moves into a higher category, and move down if the scores are lowered.  Teachers then have visual representations of student progress.

“It helps keep us focused on every child, and that’s the beauty of that board,” said Charlotte Shivley, East’s principal.

Collaboration and tailored instruction are keys to success at Reward Schools in West Tennessee, according to the principals. Reward Schools rank in Tennessee’s top five percent based on academic performance and progress on the annual TCAP tests.

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