Devonshire elementary school makes national headlines as NBC’s Today Show shines a spotlight on Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and high achieving local students.
Rehema Ellis, NBC Chief Education Correspondent visited Devonshire last week to talk to Principal Suzanne Gimenez, school staff, parents and students about the school and how its remarkable changes have made a difference in academics and overall student life.
Ellis is writing a series on race, poverty, and education and wanted to know if students fell “comfortable.” Both students and parents took the opportunity to speak candidly. Take a look at the interview, which was aired this past Thursday on NBC. by clicking this link – It’s quite the interview segment. Cudos to Devonshire and CMS for contributing positively into students.
According to CMS administration, progress at Devonshire Elementary is noteworthy for its comprehensive reach and the speed at which it was achieved. In 2008, Devonshire Elementary ranked among the lowest performing schools in its district and in the state.
Since a turnaround effort began five years ago, achievement at Devonshire, which has more than 95 percent of students who are economically disadvantaged, has soared. In 2008, only 68.4 percent of students were at or above Level III. Today, 94.8 percent of students are at or above Level III.
Devonshire’s students are provided with rigorous and relevant learning activities which are made accessible for all students through strategies such as differentiated learning tasks, small-group instruction, flexible grouping, single-gender classrooms, technology integration (iPads), interdisciplinary connections and inquiry-based learning tasks.
With summer amongst us, we must continue helping young people strive for excellence everyday. The more we move, the more we learn – remember to keep academics a priority during summer months by reading everything seen and using the imagination for what is not. To contact Devonshire Elementary School, cick here.