Yadkin County Schools selected as NCSIP demonstration site

By Tiiu Garrett - Yadkin County Schools

Yadkin County Schools was selected as one of just 15 counties chosen from the the state’s 115 local education agencies to be a North Carolina State Improvement Project (NCSIP) Demonstration Site for the 2016-2017 school year.

Jonesville Elementary School is recognized as an Evidence-Based Practice site and Starmount Middle School serves as a Co-Teaching site. Select staff members at both schools have received training and continued support for their identified area.

Ida Weisner, principal at Jonesville Elementary School, feels that NCSIP is providing an incredible opportunity for her teachers to receive in-depth, research-based intervention training that can be used in the classroom. She said, “We are honored that Jonesville was chosen as a demonstration site this year”.

William Hussey, NCDPI’s exceptional children director, stated, “Through the NCSIP grant, we continue to lay a foundation, framed within research based approaches, that provides students with disabilities a pathway for success in reading and math as well as the development of a systematic infrastructure to support teachers and to sustain best practices.”

NCSIP provides ongoing personnel development and program support to teachers and building administrators. Additionally, families can choose to participate in webinars and other learning opportunities available online. Among its goals, this statewide program aims to significantly improve the performance and success of students with disabilities. Yadkin County School staff is proud to have participated in this valuable and effective program since 2005.

Kristi Gaddis, executive director of Student Services with Yadkin County Schools, said, “Both Jonesville Elementary’s and Starmount Middle’s staff continue to exemplify a true growth mind set. They are ready to learn and explore any methods that are proven to provide student growth. Yadkin County Schools being chosen as a demonstration site provides a means to that end.”

Improving the instruction of students with disabilities is the major focus of NCSIP. Research has shown that the vast majority of students with disabilities can read and write, as well as demonstrate math skills on grade level when appropriate, research validated instruction is used in the classroom.

Serving as NCSIP coordinator and Trainer for Reading Research to Classroom Practice has allowed LeDon Bedsaul to share in providing this valuable training to Jonesville Elementary.

By Tiiu Garrett

Yadkin County Schools