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WES hosts schools

Administrators from East and West Kemper, Miss. elementary schools will travel to Demopolis Thursday to spend time with Westside Elementary principal Connie Brown and her staff.

Of key interest to the group are the plan and strides put in place by Brown and WES reading coach Debbie Butler.

Brown said the group would be split into shifts, spending equal time with she and Butler as she implements the school’s learning plans.

“What we’ll do it take a look at data and how the data drives instruction,” Brown said. “We’ll look at how organization overcomes boundaries because if you’re not organized, that can hinder instruction.” Most importantly, Brown said she hoped to show the school’s visitors that success in any school could be achieved through a group effort.

“Westside is not perfect,” she said. “We have our challenges but everyone assumes responsibility and takes ownership in analyzing data and creating the next steps of instruction. It takes a whole group effort.” The visit was arranged by Dr. Denise Knight, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at the University of West Alabama.