Congratulations to all of Shelby County’s Superstar Elementary Schools!
During the first year of Shelby County’s implementation of Istation, many schools have had tremendous success in student growth and usage of the program. Shelby County’s Istation Superstar Elementary Schools include East’s Harrold Elementary, Southwest’s Alcy Elementary, Northwest’s Downtown Elementary, iZone’s Ford Road Elementary, Northeast’s Richland Elementary, and Southeast’s Sharpe Elementary.
Sharpe Elementary’s principal, Gary Zimmerman, and his Istation right-hand, Stephanie Gatewood, have not only embraced Istation but have seen the program transform students, teachers, parents, and their community. Using her experience as a former Shelby County board member and her passion for literacy, Gatewood has shifted the school’s expectation and beliefs about data into a school-wide focus.
Sharpe Elementary began using Istation in September 2013 in grades prekindergarten through 3. By November, Sharpe expanded into Istation’s Advanced Reading program in grades 4 and 5, thus beginning a powerful and exciting change.
Every week, teachers and students evaluate their Istation data and review each student’s Student Summary Handout, which empowers students to take ownership of their learning. Their data not only shows the substantial gains that have been made across all grade levels but also demonstrates that the partnership between Gatewood, Zimmerman, and Sharpe faculty has prepared students to be successful readers and people. The campus even converted a corner of its cafeteria into a tutoring lab, where students can log into Istation, complete one-on-one lessons with a teacher, or simply practice their reading skills. Above all, this campus has embraced assessment data, empowering everyone from students to principal, and been able to show and see growth over the course of the year.
Sharpe Elementary is not alone in its success. Inspired by Gatewood, Shelby County schools using Istation have utilized every Istation’s tools as well, from the assessments and online interventions to the teacher resources. Students know in which areas of reading are their individual strengths and weaknesses. Students and teachers have honest conversations about student performance, and due to that transparency, the students’ growth in Istation results and in reading has skyrocketed.