Lakewood Township School District (29-2520)

Lakewood Township School District

The Lakewood School District provides all children with the best education possible, to prepare students for college and career readiness, and to make students lifelong learners, which is the goal for all students at every grade level. We believe that a thoughtful, systematic, and collaborative approach among teachers, administrators, parents and community members will help us to forge new knowledge, meet the challenges of our urban schools, and help our young people to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, to master the Common Core State Standards, and to perform successfully on state tests.

Reading instruction provides a flexible combination of word study, comprehension, and independent reading in a workshop format to develop strategic readers. Interactive read aloud, shared and guided reading, reading conferences and a shared read makes it possible for students to develop and apply problem solving skills both in reading and writing. Learning to write begins in primary grades with shared, guided, and independent writing in a writer's workshop format with the use of mini-lessons, writing, individual and small group conferences, and sharing time. Literacy Coaches support the literacy program by providing support and expertise to teachers.

Mathematics and science instruction views learning as an active process; focuses on an inquiry approach and the use of manipulatives, whiteboards and computer programs; teaches students to think in an organized, logical manner; guides pupils as they apply their mathematical and science skills at ever higher levels of sophistication. Students construct meaning of the natural world and establish connections between science and technology.

Our educational community works together to use best practices, to identify what matters most, to ensure that what matters most is taught efficiently, completely and effectively, and to focus on standards. Formative and summative assessments promote pupil learning and provide feedback to teachers and students over the course of instruction. Assessment includes teacher observation, classroom discussion, and analysis of student work. It lets teachers know how students are progressing and where they are having trouble, enables teachers to modify teaching and learning activities, and makes it possible to adapt teaching to meet the students’ learning needs.

We believe that the thoughtful, systematic, and collaborative examination of student test result data helps us to make better decisions, evaluate programs and practices, modify instructional approaches, determine the needs of the students, identify the gaps between the results our schools are getting and the results we want, and provide all students with an excellent education.