5 Essential Practices
The successful work of JBHM Education Group draws on the body of research by Lawrence Lezotte, Ph.D., and others that identifies five essential practices of effective schools. Steeped in knowledge of how effective schools serve their students, JBHM Education Group performance specialists assist their school partners in adopting and consistently assuring these practices:
Guaranteeing an Essential Curriculum - The board-approved curriculum is aligned with the state and national standards. District and school policies, procedures, and practices ensure that all students are provided the opportunity for success on state and national assessments.
Providing a School Culture and Climate Conducive to Learning - The climate of the school system, including each school and classroom, reflects high expectations for student behavior, clean and orderly facilities, and safe, secure environments conducive to learning.
Maximizing Academic Learning Time - Classroom instruction reflects the protection and effective use of instructional time, high expectations for all students, positive teacher-student interactions, engaging students in meaningful learning activities, and an understanding of student learning needs and differences.
Monitoring Student Achievement - Student progress is monitored frequently, using assessment strategies that reflect the rigor of those used by the state and national assessment standards. Assessments and questioning techniques are used to strengthen students’ higher-level thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.
Promoting Professional Practice - The school system’s policies, practices, and procedures require and support all personnel in participating in development opportunities to improve and implement current educational best practices. The school staff’s implementation of best practice strategies is a part of annual personnel evaluation.