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April 24, 2014

Reading into the writing: State superintendent visits Clarksville's Parkwood Elementary

Glenda Ritz on search for schools' strengths



“They have a very robust approach to make sure kids are going to get those connections with the language,” Ritz said. “Seeing all the writing that’s going on and that’s posted around the school, you can tell has a really big emphasis here.”

Greater Clark Superintendent Andrew Melin said as Ritz met with students, teachers, principals and building leadership teams, he hoped she’d get a sense of the strategies his district implements to help students learn.

“I’d like to think that we as a school system have engaged in doing some kind of meaningful interventions for our students,” Melin said. “If she sees something that might be helpful to other school systems, we’d be happy to share. It’s all about doing what’s best for kids.”Ritz said more and more districts are moving to balanced calendar systems. She said it’s nice to see a district use intersession in a way to help students along.

Even though she likes the idea, she said her department’s job isn’t to mandate that sort of thing, but to share the information and let districts use their own implementation of ideas.

“You want to make sure you’re maximizing that individualization you’re giving those students and each school corporation needs to look closely at how to do that best for them,” Ritz said. “This community has decided that’s a priority for them and the balanced calendar kind of shows that and their commitment to having those intersessions. I think that’s probably a flavor of the balanced calendar that should be the reason why you go to a balanced calendar.”



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