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Our Road to Becoming a Title I Middle School

Winlock Miller Elementary School has been a Schoolwide Title I school for over twenty years. Throughout that time they have focused on identifying the critical elements that best support closing the opportunity gap. When Winlock Middle School was declared a Targeted Assistance Title I School, the staff knew that meant research and work. The road was rocky because there weren't a lot of middle schools that were Title I. Watch this informative presentation to learn what we did as a middle school to embrace this opportunity for change. We share the research around high-poverty schools, how we used our District Problem of Practice to shape our work and how we developed and implemented a Targeted Assistance Plan. We were "building the ship" as we were sailing, and we share our struggles and celebrations as well as where we see ourselves in the future.

This talk was presented at:
National Title I Conference
January 2016 in Houston, Texas
Aleta Beegle

Aleta has been a classroom teacher for the Winlock School District for over 20 years and has spent the last two years as a Title 1 Teacher and Reading Specialist for Winlock Miller Elementary School. She has extensive experience working with at risk students and families promoting reading. Aleta is a member of her district's leadership team as well as her elementary school's PBIS team. She is an advocate for Kids at Hope.

Kristy Iverson

Kristy has a strong language arts background and works with middle school youth to improve the literacy skills of all students with a focus on students with challenges.

Lisa Collins

Lisa has been in education for 30 years and has taught grades 4-8. She has an endorsement in reading. Lisa believes strongly that the key to success in reading is setting high standards while building positive relationships with her students. Lisa has been the co-coordinator for structuring and implementing the Title program in her middle school.

Shannon Criss

Shannon has worked in several roles during her 26 years in education. She began her career as a classroom teacher with an emphasis on closing the opportunity gap for special education students. She has served as a Curriculum and Federal Programs Director, as a building principal and most recently as superintendent. She brings a strong reading/language arts background to the conference and has presented to several groups and organizations on the importance of reading and how to close the opportunity gap.