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  1. 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Turnaround School in Colorado Outperforms the State with Lindamood-Bell Center, CO, July 24, 2012- As a result of its School Turnaround efforts, Haskin Elementary School’s 3rd Graders have outperformed the state average on the 2012 TCAP in reading. In 2011, 41 percent of Haskin’s 3rd graders scored as proficient or advanced. This year, 76 percent of 3 rd graders scored at proficient or advanced, whereas, the state average was 74 percent. Haskin Elementary is in Center School District, located in the rural San Luis Valley of southwestern Colorado. According to the Colorado Department of Education, the district has one of the highest percentage of students in poverty in the state (94%) and is 94 percent minority. The district also classifies 65 percent of students as English Learners. In 2010, the school partnered with Lindamood-Bell to implement a comprehensive Professional Learning Community (PLC) based on literacy development. Despite the many challenges facing its population, Haskin Elementary School has demonstrated that with an effective Turnaround plan, low-performing schools can significantly increase student achievement. Following the first year of its Turnaround model with Lindamood-Bell, the percent of 3rd graders at proficiency in reading increased from 28 percent to 41 percent. After the second year, 3rd graders have increased from 41% to 76% proficient/advanced. In two years, Haskin’s 3rd graders have made a 48-point improvement, the largest of any school involved in the School Improvement program in the state.
  2. 2. Principal Kathy Kulp observed, "Lindamood-Bell has had an enormous impact on our school and on our students. The training our teachers received impacted all areas of their instruction and led to increased student achievement across the content areas." All instructional staff, including the school principal and Director of Instruction for the district, received Lindamood-Bell® professional development in programs that develop reading and comprehension. Lindamood-Bell’s sensory cognitive programs are integrated throughout the school’s curricula and Response to Intervention (RtI) framework. Lindamood-Bell’s professional development model includes job-embedded support for all teachers. District Superintendent George Welsh noted that “having somebody who is here, living in the community, spending the extra hours with you, who you can go to for an immediate answer, who, when you have a teacher struggling can go to support them, that’s an outstanding model.” Haskin is now focusing on sustaining their success. Several instructional leaders in the school have completed the Lindamood-Bell® Certification program, aimed at increasing teacher effectiveness and maintaining program fidelity. One of those instructional leaders, Melissa Garcia, is confident about reaching every student in the building: “I truly believe that choosing to implement Lindamood-Bell at Haskin Elementary was a great decision. Our students are being challenged more than ever before and our teachers have the tools, the metacognitive strategies, and support to reach them.” About Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes: Since 1986, Lindamood-Bell has been an internationally recognized leader in the research and development of programs for reading instruction and remediation. The organization partners extensively with school districts to offer innovative literacy solutions and professional development. It is an approved professional development provider in the states of Colorado, Tennessee, Ohio, and Arizona, with emphasis in the areas of school improvement and turnaround/transformation initiatives. Lindamood-Bell has received national recognition from CNN, Newsweek, Time, US News and World Report, and the neuroscience journal Neuron, and has been featured on the PBS special The Secret Life of the Brain. More information on Lindamood-Bell is available online at www.lindamoodbell.com. ###