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Springfield Teachers Prepare to Improve Underperforming Schools

level 4 trainingSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The first day of school is still a few weeks away, but close to 300 educators are already back at work. They’re preparing to initiate a turnaround plan in several under-performing Springfield schools.

“They do a lot of training teacher-to-teacher, best practices, really learning from each other this week,” says assistant superintendent Lydia Martinez.

She adds, “It’s led by the principal, so it’s really school-based — about what the schools need and what the children need in order to make progress in the schools this year.”

These teachers work at one of 10 Level 4 schools across the city of Springfield.

Level 4 Schools are identified by the state as schools that require significant improvement because students are under-performing.

Educators in these schools are reporting to work early this week, so they can begin implementing a successful turnaround plan. The rest of the teachers in the district will report for training on Monday, August 18.

“Each school has their own set of goals that they meet or they need to meet in order for them to exit Level 4, and obviously for the students to continue achieving,” says Martinez.

Of course the real work in applying the turnaround plan comes once the students return to school. Administrators stress that while teachers are responsible for student success, assistance from parents is crucial.

“They’re a real big part of this,” says Martinez. “We really need them to help us with the work, so we can do what we do in the schools — but what the parents do at home is also really important.”

Students will report to school for the first day of class on Monday, August 25th.

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