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Maureen K. Richel, Ed.D., is a career educator who has served students in the roles of classroom teacher, reading specialist/diagnostician, curriculum director and state education agency principle consultant. Currently, Dr. Richel, as an education specialist for The Center on Innovations in Learning and Academic Development Institute, supports continuous improvement processes and personalized learning projects in the US Virgin Islands, Kansas, North Carolina and Alabama.
Salem Elementary School
Salem Elementary School is located in the small town of Orrville which is approximately 15 miles west of Selma. We are a public school with an enrollment of 201 students in grades PK-5. We have 108 males and 93 females with 100% of our student body being identified as African American. At the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, Salem became the only elementary school located in the Western Zone of Dallas County, Alabama. The school which housed the third through fifth grades was closed. The students transitioned to Salem Elementary School. We accommodate students from Orrville, as well as the surrounding rural communities of Beloit, Five Points, Safford, Browns, and Marion Junction. The consolidation of the two schools has presented some challenges because of the increased number of students and a change in climate. Although challenges still exist, progress has been made on improving the school's climate. We work closely with the Keith Middle and High School, which is less than five miles away, to ensure a smooth transition for our students promoted to 6th grade. Salem has twenty-seven faculty/staff members. The faculty/staff consists of one principal, one counselor, one library media specialist, one reading specialist, one physical education teacher, one resource teacher, nine self-contained teachers, two Pre-K teachers, two auxiliary teachers, one secretary/bookkeeper, one instructional aide, one paraprofessionals, one custodian and three child nutrition personnel. We share a nurse with Keith Middle/High School. The bus drivers are shared between Salem Elementary School and Keith Middle/High School.
Our school’s website address is http://www.dallask12.org/9/home
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Southlawn Elementary School-Home of the Terrific Tigers
West of the Montgomery Regional Airport and minutes from the historic walking trails of the Selma to Montgomery march lies Southlawn Elementary School. A community school, Southlawn Elementary is nestled in the heart of the Southlawn community, and prides itself in the strength of its home, school, and community connection. This unique partnership plays an integral role in supporting Southlawn Elementary School students a rich and diverse learning environment. Southlawn's partners - The Southlawn Neighborhood Association, Southlawn Baptist Church, Loveless Community Center, and the school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) are each actively engaged in supporting the school's purpose and direction as evidenced by their involvement by providing tutorial support to students and resources for home and school.
A truly community school, Southlawn Elementary's administrator and staff embrace the importance of parental involvement. Multiple measures are in place to provide meetings and activities on a flexible schedule to meet the needs of our parents. In addition, our parent room offers a variety of parent information and support. Workshops are also provided to assist parents with strategies for helping their students at home. The parent involvement designee and counselor provides assistance with resolving issues related with parents and students. Workshops are provided for parents with instructional strategies to assist students at home.
Southlawn Elementary School has a student population of 300 students. The school's demographics are as follows: 2% of Hispanic students and 98% of African American students. Southlawn Elementary has an aging community that impacts the number of students in the community. Trend data indicates a decline in student enrollment during the previous two academic years (2015-16 and 2016-17); however there was a significant increase in student enrollment this school term.
First through Fifth grades are departmentalized based on identified strengths of the teachers. Grades Pre-K and Kindergarten are self-contained. In 2017-2018, the school was able to add two additional Pre-K units through the Community Action Head Start Program.
The 2017-18 school year began with teacher vacancies. Unfortunately, the research is overwhelming on the impact of having an effective teacher has on student achievement. The school is currently working with a long term substitute until such time that the vacancy is filled. As such, 99% of Southlawn teachers are designated as Highly Qualified.
Elementary Innovation Network 1
Stephanie Bisson has worked for the Center on Innovations in Learning as an Education Specialist for the last three years. In this role, Stephanie works as a consultant with States, Districts, and Schools using Indistar. She provides professional development in person and virtually to assist clients with their school improvement efforts.
Prior to joining CIL, Stephanie was an educator in Fairfax County, Virginia. She worked as classroom teacher and reading specialist in elementary schools; resource teacher and coordinator in the District Title I Office; and Principal of an elementary school.