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Oakwood Elementary PEERS 2003. Group Members. Kelly Agler Caroline Arend Cindy Etzler Pam Holtsberry Ann Kenny Beth Norbeck Nancy Ruhe Chris Slattery. Initial Goal. To develop strategies that better meet the needs of all students. DIFFERENTIATED EDUCATION. CONCERNS.

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Group members
Group Members

  • Kelly Agler

  • Caroline Arend

  • Cindy Etzler

  • Pam Holtsberry

  • Ann Kenny

  • Beth Norbeck

  • Nancy Ruhe

  • Chris Slattery

Initial goal
Initial Goal

  • To develop strategies that better meet the needs of all students.



  • Meeting the needs of struggling students who are not served through Special Education.

  • Meeting the needs of advanced students who receive minimal challenge in the regular curriculum.

Oakwood elementary peers 2003

  • Action Research Peers Group.

  • Investigate methods successful schools are using to meet students’ needs.

  • Develop a list of options that are feasible for Oakwood Elementary.


  • Video Presentations

    -The Slow Learning Child

    • Inclusive Education

    • Tiered Instruction

  • Group Discussion

  • Individual Research

Individual research projects
Individual Research Projects

Kelly Agler -Parent Involvement

Caroline Arend -Community Mentors

Cindy Etzler -Summer Education

Pam Holtsberry -Differentiated Instruction

Ann Kenny -Computer Based Instruction/Co-teaching

Beth Norbeck -Schools Attuned

Nancy Ruhe -Successful Schools

Chris Slattery -Increased Instructional Time/All-Day Kindergarten

Presenters at teachers meeting pam holtsberry laurie ball beth norbeck ann kenny kelly agler
Presenters at Teachers’ Meeting: Pam Holtsberry, Laurie Ball, Beth Norbeck, Ann Kenny, Kelly Agler

Changing focus
Changing Focus Ball,

  • Primary Need: Helping students to develop basic skills.

  • Secondary Need: Supporting struggling students in the intermediate grades.

  • Important to focus on basic tools for learning: Reading, Writing, Math

Oakwood elementary peers 2003

DIBELS Assessment Fall 2003 Ball,

K 1ST 2nd 3rd

High 31% 39% 30% 28%


Some 52% 22% 38% 35%


Low 17% 39% 32% 37%


(grade level)

Proposed outcomes
Proposed Outcomes Ball,

  • Increase use of Coaching Groups

  • Implement Co-Teaching Strategies

  • Increase parent feedback/involvement.

  • Develop volunteer program (Reading First Grant)

  • Strengthen Phonemic-Based Interventions

  • Create a resource list of computer software

Proposed outcomes continued
Proposed Outcomes Ball, (continued)

  • Pursue fact-finding for All Day Kindergarten

  • Use of research based interventions for struggling students (Schools Attuned)

  • Consider summer school options

    • Mobile summer school

    • Extended summer school

Prioritized outcomes
Prioritized Outcomes Ball,

  • Implement all-day Kindergarten

  • Improve development of basic academic skills in Kindergarten/1st grade

  • Increase parent involvement in the school.

Implementation Ball,

  • Group members plan to continue into an implementation phase.

  • Continue to work through the PEERS program.

  • Select and implement specific outcomes identified in initial phase.

Presenters at school board meeting nancy ruhe kelly agler chris slattery
Presenters at School Board Meeting: Ball, Nancy Ruhe, Kelly Agler, Chris Slattery