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Hoke County Schools recognized as Nation's Best

posted Aug 4, 2015, 8:16 AM by JODIE BRYANT

Hoke County Schools in North Carolina has been selected as the winner of the Southern Regional Education Board's Outstanding School District Award. The award was presented by Gene Bottoms, SREB senior vice president, at the 29th Annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference in Atlanta July 15 before an audience of educators from across the nation.

To be recognized as an Outstanding School District, a district must have multiple schools implementing with fidelity various aspects of SREB's school improvement designs.  "All schools in Hoke County, North Carolina, use High Schools That Work or Making Middle Grades Work and have implemented the designs with fidelity for years," said Rhenida Rennie SREB director of state initiatives, who nominated Hoke County Schools for the award. "Also, all teachers are trained to use Literacy Design Collaborative and Math Design Collaborative, with data showing the positive impact on student achievement.  Not only are teachers involved, but district administrators, principals, assistant principals, and instructional coaches attend trainings and participate in follow-up activities.  The level of involvement and support in Hoke County is remarkable."  Hoke County is one of two districts in the nation and the only district in North Carolina to have fully implemented Literacy Design Collaborative and Math Design Collaborative district wide K-12.

A team of 79 teachers, principals, and district administrators from Hoke County attended the conference this year, of which 22 attendees made a total of 15 presentations before a national audience.  "We are most honored to have had our teachers selected to present and to have received this national recognition.  As a district, we believe that Literacy Design Collaborative and Math Design Collaborative are critical tools that we must employ to ensure that all of our students graduate college and career ready," said Bob Barnes, Associate Superintendent of Hoke County Schools. 

The Southern Regional Education Board is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with states to improve public education at every level.  SREB school improvement programs such as High Schools That Work serve more than 1,600 schools in 30 states and the District of Columbia and include training for the Literacy Design Collaborative and Mathematics Design Collaborative teaching frameworks.

Photo: Bob Barnes, Hoke County Schools' Associate Superintendent, is shown presenting the Outstanding School District Award to the Hoke County Board of Education members (from left to right: Della Maynor, Irish Pickett, Barbara Buie, and Hank Richards) at the July 28 Board of Education meeting.