Eighth graders, with below-average test scores in the fifth grade, saw their grades jump in 2004: scores in reading rose by 18%, in math by 37% and in writing by 49%.
According to Takemoto, what was needed was “our employees to take effective leadership of their classrooms, their schools, and take control of what happens on our grounds.” The Pacific Institute’s 21 Keys for High Performance Teaching and Learning™ is specifically tailored to give teachers the tools to meet the challenges facing educators – by increasing teacher effectiveness and raising student achievement for all children.
As such, 21 Keys became mandatory training for all administrators. To date, one third of all teachers, staff and board members in the district have volunteered to implement the training. Phoenix Elementary School District is currently expanding their district-wide implementation with specific programs to parents and students, in both English and Spanish. Results are promising. “We’ve done a customer survey from our district that says staff are more responsive,” says Takemoto.
“The 21 Keys trainings improve your individual interaction with others,” says Takemoto. “What we’ve seen is teachers understanding just how the brain works.” Because of that understanding, “Their responses to youngsters and their fellow staff members are going to make a difference.”