Building the Hope Schools Award recognizes Clara Bolen Elementary

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Clara Bolen Elementary:
At Clara Bolen Elementary, students from low-income backgrounds demonstrated above average academic proficiency rates in both ELA and Math for three consecutive years. The school has an intentional focus on small-group instruction to meet student needs, and it serves as an intentional center of community in its town. Receiving special services is not a stigma because everyone receives special attention. All students—based on assessments—are pulled out or grouped into small groups for instruction daily either with their own teacher or Title I instructor. Teachers then use the ongoing student assessments to tailor their instruction to students’ needs, whether it’s providing more focused guidance in the classroom or pulling the students into small group for more intimate instruction.]