Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Pairing Aims to Boost Success ; EVSC, Mass Insight Team Up

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Pairing Aims to Boost Success ; EVSC, Mass Insight Team Up

Article excerpt

The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. has announced a three- year partnership with Mass Insight Education and Research Institute aimed to boost student success. Funded through a grant from the Department of Education, EVSC Superintendent David Smith said the collaboration will allow the district to reach goals by providing additional individuals and resources to implement strategies, methods and conditions to increase student achievement.

Five schools have been selected for the initiative: Caze Elementary, Evans School, Glenwood Leadership Academy, Lincoln School and McGary Middle School.

Smith said he is eager for this collaboration that he believes will take EVSC to the next level of what is right and necessary for students. He said the partnership will increase EVSC's capacity to support schools with the best practices and strategies that will accelerate student achievement gains at the five schools and eventually throughout the entire district.

"I am extremely proud that EVSC's teachers and staff do not accept the status quo, but are willing to boldly step out and innovate to help our students succeed," he said.

Ami Magunia, engagement manager for Mass Insight Education, said conditions at EVSC are ripe and perfect for this equation.

"Just as teachers differentiate instruction for their students so that each student can be reached the way they learn best, Mass Insight and EVSC will differentiate support for schools, clustering schools needing the most at this time and providing more supports where it is needed."

Magunia explained the three phases in the partnership:

Phase I - The group identifies the strengths, opportunities and areas for improvement in the Corp. as it pertains to the five selected schools, while getting a better understanding of the central office and how it supports the schools. …

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