Photo: Mrs. Kellie Bean, Mrs. Lori Palmer, Dr. Susan Lloyd, Principal Brad Bentman, Ms. Joyce DeVol, and Mrs. Carly Youngblood
North Coventry Recognized for Exceptional Student Achievement
January 31, 2019 — North Coventry Elementary School, a designated Title I School, was honored this week by the National Association of ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act).
Title 1 provides financial assistance to schools with children coming from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.
North Coventry Elementary School, one of five elementary schools in the district, was one of 100 schools throughout the entire country recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2017 and 2018. Each year two schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania earn National Title 1 Distinction.
A leadership team from the school traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to showcase the school’s practices as part of the National Association of ESEA’s Annual Conference, where they were presented with the award.
Representing at the conference and accepting the award were Owen J. Roberts School District Superintendent, Dr. Susan Lloyd; North Coventry Principal, Brad Bentman; Instructional Support Teacher, Kellie Bean; Academic Coach, Lori Palmer; Title 1 Math Specialist, Joyce DeVol; and Title 1 Reading Specialist, Carly Youngblood.
“We started the journey to turn around this school, the lowest achieving in the Owen J. Roberts School District, six years ago,” commented Dr. Lloyd, “And we did it by focusing on student growth.”
Through funding provided by the state, North Coventry is able to offer Title 1 Reading and Mathematics Programs and has strong processes in place to assure the programs work for all learners. Researched-based instructional strategies, along with a strong curriculum, are at the core of the school’s daily practices. The North Coventry staff believes it is their responsibility to minimize obstacles to effective learning.
The National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying federally funded schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. It highlights the efforts of schools across the country that are making significant improvements for their students.
The program has been in place since 1996, showcasing the success of hundreds of schools in one of three categories:
Category 1: Exceptional student performance for two consecutive years
Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups
Category 3: Excellence in serving special populations of students
The National Association of ESEA is a membership organization made up of State ESEA Program Administrators from each of the states and territories, charged with managing their state federal education program. They ensure compliance with federal regulations, but more importantly, work to see that all children– especially those living in economically disadvantaged conditions –have the opportunity to receive a high quality education.
Part of North Coventry Elementary’s success is developing strong partnerships with the parents of Title 1 students. Title 1 parents are invited and encouraged to attend events at the school that include Mathematics and Literacy Nights, Book Swaps, Read Across America, Winter Break Reading Challenge, Summer Reading Program, Jump Start and more.
“We have a committed faculty and a very supportive community and we could not be prouder,” added Lloyd. “This is a crowning achievement, and we are so grateful for the federal funding that made this possible. Congratulations to all of the schools that received this distinction.”
More information about all National ESEA Distinguished Schools is available on the ESEA Network website: www.ESEAnetwork.org.