The following are excerpts from a recent article in The Gazette (Md.) highlighting a teacher who is closing the achievement gap:
"Just a little more than a week before, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Ray Simon sat in the rocker [Cheryl] Krehbiel occupied. On May 6, Simon visited the school to highlight Krehbiel, a Washington, D.C., resident, as part of the No Child Left Behind Act. Simon spotlighted Krehbiel as one of the country's effective teachers and will spotlight others in the coming year. ‘He came, sat down, spent time with us, read a story to the children,’ said Principal Jody Leleck, who said she was pleased with the students' and Krehbiel's achievements. ‘It was an amazing honor,’ Krehbiel said."
"In 2003, Broad Acres, a school where more than 90 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals, made adequate yearly progress -- or AYP -- in reading and math in every student subgroup, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The student population is 64 percent Hispanic, 19 percent African-American, 17 percent Asian and less than one percent white. About 30 percent of students are enrolled in the school's English For Speakers of Other Languages [ESOL] program."
" ‘NCLB takes an awful lot of heat. An awful lot of people can't see how it can be done,’ she said. But she said Broad Acres' success shows that you can help students succeed by measuring student progress and helping teachers understand what's expected of them. ‘It's a huge group effort,’ she said of the school's success. Krehbiel has been a teacher for 20 years."
" ‘It's an amazing group of kids and an amazing community,’ Krehbiel said. And school staff is ‘just tremendous.’ Krehbiel said she's spent the majority of her teaching career working with a student population that some would deem challenging: high mobility rates, poverty and minority enrollment. Helping them to achieve requires she remain focused."
"In addition to teaching reading, writing and social studies at Broad Acres, Krehbiel is coordinating the U.S. Department of Education's seven summer workshops on strategies to close the achievement gap. The workshops will be held around the country and Krehbiel has located about 60 people to make presentations about teaching practices."
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