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Elizabethton schools launches Elizabethton Leads program

Contributed • May 1, 2018 at 10:11 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Beginning this month, the Elizabethton City School System is  joining the statewide Teacher Leader Network in launching its Elizabethton Leads program. This will transition away from having system-wide instructional coaches to having specially trained learning leaders in each school.

“The purpose of Elizabethton Leads is to support our teachers in providing excellent instruction for our students through job-embedded professional development and coaching,” said Deputy Director of Schools Myra Newman.

Learning Leaders are teachers who have applied and been selected to participate in additional training. There will be 12 total — two at each elementary school, three at the high school and three at the junior high school.

They will provide teachers with instructional support including assistance with differentiation, teacher evaluation feedback and support, modeling best practices, facilitating co-planning, assisting with pacing work and standards unpacking.

Learning Leaders at each school for the 2018-19 school year include:

• Elizabethton High School: Bonnie Grindstaff, Brennan Trent, Sara Hardin;

• T. A. Dugger Junior High School: Hayley Bishop, Brandi McCloud, Angela Berry;

• East Side Elementary School: Rachel Campbell, Amber Ebarb;

• Harold McCormick Elementary School: Regina Cates, Brandie Maness;

• West Side Elementary School: Tammy Markland, Tabitha Wandell.

“Our goal is to improve academic outcomes for students by strengthening the instructional climate and practices in each school,” Newman said. “We’re looking forward to joining the dozens of Tennessee districts now using this model and thankful for the support we have already received from the state Department of Education.”

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