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Great News from GSCS: The International Center for Leadership in Education Names KRMS as a 2020 Model School for its Dramatic Improvements in Student Learning and Achievement
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The International Center for Leadership in Education Names Kennedy Road Middle School as a 2020 Model School for its Dramatic Improvements in Student Learning and Achievement
Griffin, GA —The International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), whose mission is to challenge, inspire and equip today’s educators, has named Griffin-Spalding County School System’s (GSCS) Kennedy Road Middle School (KRMS) a 2020 Model School for making rapid and significant improvements in student outcomes.
 KRMS is one of 18 Model Schools from across the United States that will share its transformational journey and best practices at ICLE’s 28th Annual Model Schools Conference, June 28-July 1 in Orlando, FL. The event provides a forum for thousands of passionate educators and leaders to share innovative ideas and best practices for developing future-focused classrooms. 
“Model Schools are doing the incredibly hard work of courageously leading the charge in the infinite game of education,” says Dr. Bill Daggett, Founder and Chairman, ICLE. “Each of the 2020 Model Schools exemplifies the strength of conviction that drives meaningful, long-term improvements and leaves our classrooms better than we found them.”
Recognizing the need for change, KRMS collectively established a vision, and systematically worked together to create a learning environment that enables students of all abilities to thrive. KRMS was selected by the ICLE 2020 Model School for its daily practices in the areas of 1) professional learning community, 2) high expectations 3) collaborative leadership 4) data-driven decision making, and 5) meeting all students’ needs. In 2019, KRMS increased their overall College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) by 14.9 percentage points. Additionally, KRMS’s overall CCRPI Closing Gaps performance indicator increased by 28.7 percentage points, where Black and White subgroups met performance targets set by the state, Hispanic subgroup met performance targets for English, English Learners exceeded performance targets for English/Language Arts, and economically disadvantaged subgroup exceeded performance indicators for Science and Social Studies.
Selected annually based on a number of criteria, Model Schools must have substantive, data-validated growth year over year; evidence of a strong culture that puts students at the center of learning; and dedication to transforming instruction to meet the needs and demands of the future.
“We’re thrilled to be named a Model School for the year 2020 because we’ve worked really hard to turn around our school.  We’ve focused on being accountable and we’ve pushed out #CougarAccountability to make sure stakeholders can get involved to continue our success.  Truly, lives are at stake, and our goal is to continue to improve our practices and change our students’ lives every day,” says Kennedy Road Middle School Principal Dr. Gregory Gardner.
GSCS Superintendent James D. Smith said, “This is amazing news for Kennedy Road Middle School and our district.  Receiving this recognition is a true testament of the hard work and determination put in by Kennedy Road Middle School’s administrators, educators and staff. I am proud of the work being done at Kennedy Road Middle School and know that they will continue to model excellence and accountability.”
“We’re thrilled to be honoring the 2020 Model Schools for putting first a school culture that is future-focused and fosters strong personal relationships,” says Dr. Daggett. “These organizations truly represent courage in action.”
The International Center for Leadership in Education is a division of learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
About the International Center for Leadership in Education
The International Center for Leadership in Education, established in 1991 and located in Rexford, N.Y., is one of the most influential education consulting companies in America. It is best known for identifying and disseminating successful practices to assist all students in achieving higher standards. Dr. Daggett and his team of consultants have assisted numerous state education agencies and hundreds of schools and districts in their improvement initiatives. For more information, please visit
About GSCS
The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) is an award-winning, AdvancED accredited district that serves 10,000 students in 11 elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, one alternative high school and the Griffin Regional College and Career Academy. GSCS offers everything a child needs to nurture and grow academically, foster and sustain social-emotional development with educators who collaborate using innovative instruction that engages students to succeed. For more information about GSCS, visit, follow us on Twitter at @GriffinSpalding, Instagram at @GriffinSpaldingSchools, visit or download the GSCS app.

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