KINGSLEY
AREA SCHOOLS

Merging complexity & autonomy
to close the achievement gap.

Michigan district serving…

3
schools

67
teachers

1,500
students

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Rigor Doesn’t Mean Working Harder

In Kingsley, Michigan, going from good to great started with an alarming designation. Kingsley Middle School was placed on the state’s list of Focus Schools because, even though students were performing very well, the gap between the highest and lowest achievers was much larger than it was in other Michigan schools. To close the gap, administrators joined forces with Learning Sciences International on an intensive implementation of the Essentials for Achieving Rigor instructional model. A year later, the school was removed from the Focus list.

“I believe the Essentials for Achieving Rigor training is one of the best professional development models that exist. This training helps teachers incorporate the best research-based instructional practices. Because the training is school-wide, each teacher is sharing the same language and learning experience. The entire staff is learning and growing together. The training encourages all teachers to observe other teachers with the goal of improving instruction.”

–Christel Schaar, Kingsley Middle School
teacher with 22 years of experience

Hear from Kingsley Middle School administrators as they discuss the school’s journey from good to great.

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