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Miller's Grove P.S. surging academically

March 2, 2015
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MISSISSAUGA – 

In a province dotted with academically average elementary schools, Mississauga’s Miller’s Grove Public School has quickly pulled ahead of the pack.

The small school, located in the Winston Churchill Blvd.-Britannia Rd. area, is listed in this year’s Fraser Institute Elementary School Report Card as the fastest-improving school in Mississauga.

And the story of its journey is one that involves not only students who are open to various routes of learning, but a small teaching staff which is devoted to collaboration in the name of achievement.

Miller’s Grove — which caters to 196 students — has gone from a rating of 6.1 out of 10 rating in 2010 to 8.5 out of 10 in 2014, according to the Fraser Institute.

Principal Layla Restivo credits the school’s success to a number of initiatives, but says a “key” has been Numeracy Networks, a Peel District School Board initiative that brings together teachers from different schools to brainstorm and compare in-class techniques.

As a result of the teachers working so closely together, “the students have learned strategies earlier on and they continue to (use) those strategies (through) the years,” says Restivo, whose staff recently hosted the second of three professional development sessions scheduled this year with teachers from Peel’s Shelter Bay and Maple Wood public schools.

The school also has a larger-than-average number of students with English as a second language. Restivo says “lots of visuals, lots of repetition, and … assistive technology at home,” as well as a staff that is “reflective of the cultures in the school,” has helped the ESL students keep up.

Teachers have injected an element of fun into math instruction with the development of a spring-time game where students and their parents travel from classroom to classroom solving math problems.

Given that the Fraser Institute’s average grade for Ontario’s elementary schools in this year’s report card is 6 out of 10, the story of Miller’s Grove could be one that inspires other students and educators, says Fraser’s Peter Cowley.

“When you find a school that has found ways to improve, it’s a story that should be told. And most importantly, how it is that this happened?” said Cowley. “It motivates (others) to say, ‘Yes, perhaps our kids could do better. Perhaps we could improve our results by getting together as a school community and do something.’”

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Article source: http://www.torontosun.com/2015/02/28/millers-grove-surging-academically

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