Simple Better Book Report

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Smaller Learning Communities are Simply Better: Doing what it takes to raise student achievement In the book, Simple Better: Doing what matters most to change the odds for student success, Goodwin opened with the story of Michael Oher, known as “Big Mike” in the movie Blind Side. Sadly, Big Mike was a victim of 9 of the 13 major risk factors associated with low student achievement. If you haven’t seen the story or read the book, Michael “Big Mike” Oher was a homeless African-American teenager who had little formal education and few skills to help him learn. Somehow, Michael is accepted into Wingate Christian School - an exclusive white private school. Most of his teachers believed he was unteachable, except his science teacher, Mrs. Boswell. Later, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, parents of another Wingate student, took him in and provided him with a loving home, hired a tutor to help him improve his grades, and went all out to help him be successful at football. With the help of the tutor Michael…show more content…
The curricula is designed to increase student achievement and understand of all subject areas using hybrid classes and project based learning. Courses are taught with an inclusive approach. All students, including students with Individualized Education Plans ( IEP’s) and English Language Learners (ELL’s) are taught with the same expectation of achievement and level of rigor. Teachers are encouraged to differentiate with time and assessments. Additionally, all students have access to college prep course, including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate course. Both of which are actually Smaller Learning Communities by

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