Newberry Elementary Recognized for Unique Teaching Model
It's the only Elementary School in the Southeast being recognized for its unique teaching model, and it's right here in North Central Florida.
Newberry Elementary became one of the six knowledge development schools in the country last week by SWIFT. That's a center at the University of Kansas, which received a 24 million dollar grant to assist districts and schools with implementing higher-quality education.
Next week, swift researchers will work with parents, teachers, and administrators to document the type of methods the school is using. Newberry principal Lacy Redd says they were chosen for their inclusive teaching model -- one that allows kids with special needs to be in an ordinary classroom.
"Kids learn from other kids way better than they will probably ever learn from an adult. Kids are very motivated to work with each other; to learn to read, to share books, to get excited about what they're learning," Lacy Redd (Newberry Elementary Principal) said.
Swift researchers will share the models of all six schools with an online video next year. They hope the research helps other schools develop the same standards.
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