BY SARAH GREGORY
Tusculum View Elementary School is among four high-achieving American schools showcased in a newly-published book about personalized learning.
Greeneville Director of Schools Dr. Linda Stroud said she was "extremely proud" to make that announcement during Thursday's meeting of the Greeneville City Board of Education.
Growing Into Equity: Professional Learning And Personalization In High Achieving Schools, was published in July by Corwin Press.
Written by Sonia Caus-Gleason and Nancy Gerzon, the publication explores how certain schools have personalized the learning experience to make sure "every child achieves."
The work is based on original research by Caus-Gleason that was first published in 2010.
A news release from the publishing company says the book features "ground-breaking research" that shows how professional learning and leadership that supports personalized instruction makes the difference for students.
The recently published book includes a chapter specifically about Tusculum View Elementary School.
Three other schools -- one each from Texas, Vermont, and California -- were also featured.
At Tusculum View, every student has a personalized learning experience. Professional development for teachers is also customized to each individual.
"All teachers at Tusculum View personalize learning and help students focus on their individual 'next step' for academic achievement through student-teacher conferences," said Tusculum View Elementary School Principal Pat Donaldson.
During the conferences, teachers review results of assessments and help students identify the strengths that will lead them to success, and areas in need of improvement.
The authors researched Tusculum View Elementary School after Caus-Gleason met Greeneville City Schools Professional Development Coordinator Robbie Mitchell at a conference in 2010.
In January 2012, the authors visited the school for a couple of days to interview Donaldson, Instructional Specialist Stacy King, and other faculty members.
In the book, Donaldson and a number of staff members are quoted about how to "design learning for both teachers and students to ensure that every person is met at their point of need," Stroud told the Board of Education.
"We just couldn't be more proud of this," she added.
Donaldson says that Tusculum View's inclusion in the book is exciting and affirms "that we are doing the right things" for the children.
After the book was printed, the authors sent a personalized copy to the school, packed nicely in a box with streamers and balloons.
Additional information about the publication is available online at http://www.corwin.com/books/Book239031.