Knowledge Matters: Chapter One of a District Turnaround
If you were put in charge of a school system and asked to make dramatic improvements to student learning outcomes, where would you start? Hopefully by paying attention to the work students were asked to do on a daily basis. This session will focus on the process used by the Jackson-Madison County Schools (TN) district team to implement high-quality instructional materials over a two-year period in the initial stages of a district turnaround. The outline used by the district for capacity-building with teachers and leaders will be shared, along with lessons learned along the way (so far!). No plan is perfect, but a laser focus on the instructional core and being unwilling to compromise on core values (such as the critical importance of systematic phonics instruction, knowledge-building, and grade-to-grade coherence) is a good starting place.
Dr. Jared Myracle currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Jackson-Madison County Schools in Jackson, Tennessee. Jared has served in various roles in public schools in in Tennessee, including classroom teacher, assistant principal, curriculum supervisor, assistant superintendent, and chief academic officer. Jared also has experience with the Tennessee Department of Education, leading reforms to the state of Tennessee’s social studies standards in 2013. Prior to joining JMCSS, Jared also helped launch Instruction Partners, a start-up non-profit organization that has worked with school districts across Tennessee and other states to implement high-quality curriculum.