Michigan Success Stories

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It’s a common Michigan myth that high-poverty or high-minority schools are destined to be low performers.  But that is certainly not the case—and some schools, including schools in Michigan, are proving it.

Dispelling The Myth Award-Winner: North Godwin Elementary

There are truly exceptional schools who have beaten the odds in all corners of the country. They’ve made major strides in narrowing achievement gaps, attained proficiency levels that significantly exceed state averages in their states, or improved student performance at an especially rapid pace, despite facing challenges typical of high-poverty or high-minority schools. 

Schools like these, who have won the Education Trust’s annual Dispelling The Myth awards, include Michigan’s North Godwin Elementary School, outside Grand Rapids.  

Dispelling The Myth schools don’t offer simple answers or easy solutions, but several common strategies emerge from their practices. They provide a rich curriculum coupled with strong, focused instruction. They have high expectations for all students. They use data to track student progress and individual student needs. And they employ purposeful professional development to improve teachers’ skills.

Click on the tab below Michigan Success Stories that reads “Dispelling the Myth-award winner” to read about the teachers, principals, and others who have made this possible at North Godwin.

Schools To Watch

Other schools, while not as high-performing as the Ed Trust’s Dispelling The Myth winners, are “Schools to Watch”—places that  have improved their students’ learning in significant ways—and deserve to be watched as future potential high performers.

The Ed Trust-Midwest searched throughout Michigan for schools that others can learn from.  Follow the links below to read about the teachers, principals, and others who are advancing student learning across the state of Michigan, proving that all students can learn when provided with challenge and support.

Click on the tab below Michigan Success Stories that reads “Schools to Watch” to read about the teachers, principals, and others who have made this possible at two schools: Michener Elementary School and Michigan Technical Academy-Middle School.