02-26-2008 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #31


Title
F-19. Consultant Agreement: Gardendale Elementary - Forney Educational, Inc.

Discussion

Melissa Forney is a recognized writing consultant, who has proven techniques to enhance and expand student writing ability.  This has resulted in increased FCAT writing scores throughout our district.  This workshop is intended to expand our teachers' ability to provide a higher quality of writing instruction. 

Teaching the emergent writer requires specific strategies geared toward children who are learning to put thoughts on paper for the first time.  Melissa Forney presents new strategies of teaching writing that involve all learning styles, geared toward helping any writers achieve success. These include Vocabulators, Chunking Your Word Wall, Panoramas, Alphabet Kangaroo Pouches and teaching to individual learning styles. 

NCLB legislation requires that schools spend additional monies to improve their FCAT and AYP status.  The source of funding is School Improvement Council funds.  Follow-up activities will include incorporation of strategies gained from the professional development activities into teachers’ lesson planning as well as utilization of the key to writing strategies within each K-2 classroom.  Writing scores on the District writing prompts will be used to measure the effectiveness of the consultant’s work with teachers.



Recommendation

Approve the consultant agreement for Gardendale Elemenary Magnet School to sponsor Melissa Forney’s Primary Pizzazz Workshop for the K-2.   Selected K-2 teachers from throughout Brevard County (100 total) will be invited to attend the Workshop on November 4, 2008 (Professional Development Day).  This training will support the teachers in grades 3-10 as they prepare our students for FCAT Writes.   



Meeting Date(s)
Information - 2/12/2008
Consent after Information2/26/2008

Authority for Action
Board Policy 6540

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Operating - Other

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
08/093000.00X10041010004419100121000

Contact

Terri H. Moeller, Principal

Sandra Demmon, Area III Superintendent




Attachment:  GEMS Forney 2_08.pdf