Washington Elementary represents CUSD at Model Schools Conference

Washington Elementary staff members recently attended the 31st Annual Model Schools Conference in Orlando, Florida and shared key strategies and procedures for increasing student achievement and building and sustaining a positive school culture among staff, students, and families. 

Washington was one of 11 elementary Model Schools from across the United States that shared best practices at the Model Schools Conference. The event provided inspiration for thousands of passionate teachers and leaders and challenged them to share replicable and creative strategies that can produce results in any school. 

In their presentation at the conference, Washington Principal Alicia Weyeneth and Blended Learning Specialist Misty Williamson discussed how systems around instructional design, data analytics, intervention, staff/parent communication, clear expectations, and strong relationships all contributed to the turnaround of this school.  

Washington Elementary was recently named a 2023 Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) for its focus on relationships and rigorous and relevant academics to impact students.  

In just one year, Washington Elementary went from being the lowest-performing elementary school in the district to being recognized for its best practices, and academic gains, and even becoming a California Exemplary Arts Education School. Simple and strategic implementations coupled with accountability measures led to a shift in both the culture and the narrative of the Title I school.  

The International Center for Leadership in Education, established in 1991, is one of the most influential education consulting companies in America. It is best known for identifying and disseminating successful practices to assist all students in achieving higher standards. The leadership team and consultants at ICLE have assisted numerous state education agencies and hundreds of schools and districts in their improvement initiatives.  

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