New Hampshire State Spotlight

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There’s a lot to be said for putting one foot in front of the other every day, unwavering in focus and commitment. Madison Elementary School has done just that throughout its partnership with SWIFT Center. In spite of its small size—fewer than 135 students, grades K–6—the school initiated, embraced, and mastered the use of Distributed Leadership to drive their continuous improvement cycle.

Madison Elementary School is part of School Administrative Unit 13, nestled in the White Mountain Region of New Hampshire and home to the largest free-standing boulder in NH (everyone is famous for something, aren’t they?). Madison faculty review and prioritize their Vision Statements every year. They stay true to a Distributed Leadership model by being flexible, embracing change as needed to support their processes, and working to ensure clear communication among all stakeholders.

This year, the leadership team restructured its membership in order to ensure clear and frequent communication within the building and common understanding of their Continuous Improvement Cycle. Each grade level sends a different faculty member every month to attend leadership team meetings with the Principal, Title I Coordinator, and special education teachers. Faculty members share information from these meetings with their grade level teams. This new process ensures that every faculty member has face-to-face time with the Principal and other school leaders, and that every voice in the school is heard.

It has been a pleasure to watch the process of continuous improvement at Madison Elementary School over the past few years. The leadership team keeps an eagle-eye focus on MTSS. This year they are evaluating data to inform their current PBIS practices and using stage- and driver-based action plans to implement appropriate supports. The team also prioritizes implementation of appropriate interventions for their students at the Tier Two level in reading and mathematics, and continues to develop knowledge and application of UDL practices schoolwide.

Madison Elementary School exemplifies a “can-do” attitude.  They maintain a clear focus, use data to inform and prioritize the implementation of evidence-informed practices, and ensure that all faculty are up-to-date and engaged in the day-to-day work of continuous improvement. Madison Elementary School is forging the way to positive outcomes for all students!

-Maura Hart

Photo of author blog.I began working in Education as a middle and high school English teacher, during which time I earned my Master’s of Education Degree with Antioch University New England and began adjunct teaching for them. While I LOVED teaching in the public schools and working with my students, my life path took me on a different course. During the time when I had two babies and stayed home with them, I went to UMass to get my Ph.D. (it seemed like a good idea at the time…) This work brought me to consulting with schools and districts as a team facilitator and teacher trainer and coach. My experience with a district in Vermont introduced me to the SWIFT Center where I now work with amazingly talented and passionate educators who are committed to including all children in all classrooms.