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Southern Hills Elementary Outperforms All Texas Elementary Schools

Southern Hills Elementary Outperforms All Texas Elementary Schools

Southern Hills becomes the first and only elementary school in the state to earn Level 2 certification

 

One thing you can count on at Southern Hills Elementary School: The teaching in every classroom is high quality, day in and day out.

 

Not just in a few classrooms or in a few subjects or on certain days. Every teacher is delivering reliably effective instruction every day, according to Marzano Research.

 

The company awarded Southern Hills Elementary its Level 2 Certification in the Marzano High Reliability Schools series, which certifies the consistency and effectiveness of daily instruction at the southside school.

 

“Reliability – that’s the point,” said WFISD Superintendent Mike Kuhrt. “Across the whole school. Every day.”

 

Southern Hills Elementary is the first and only elementary school in the state to obtain the prestigious Level 2 certification. Southern Hills was the first WFISD school to cross the Level 1 certification finish line, too.

 

Associate Superintendent Peter Griffiths announced the accomplishment Dec. 12.

 

To achieve such a status certification, teachers logged 15 to 20 training days with Marzano over the past 15 months. The training was designed to teach them the finer points of high level instruction. Then Marzano staff visited Southern Hills classrooms and observed the instruction being delivered to students during four days of site visits.

 

“This was the most exciting level for me out of five levels,” said Principal Naomi Alejandro. “We had to demonstrate effective teaching in every classroom. What that means for kids is beyond words.”

 

The school has already earned the Marzano High Reliability Schools’ Level 1 certification, which guarantees a safe and secure environment for children and a collaborative working environment for teachers.

 

Now at Level 2, Southern Hills has outperformed all other Texas elementary schools. “Now they have Level 2. They moved fast on this,” said Mr. Griffiths.

 

Nine WFISD campuses are at various stages in the certification process, with several about to achieve Level 1 status. Region 9 and a grant from the Priddy Foundation made such training and certification possible. The grant comes with a guarantee that it will continue to support these achievements for eight years.

 

Marzano Research serves educators by synthesizing a large body of world-renowned educational research and putting it into bite-sized pieces for today’s teachers.