2019 Northeast Middle School Teacher of the Year

Middle School Math Teacher Lindsay Self

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Lindsay Self
Northeast Middle School
Seventh Grade Mathematics

How are you working to increase equity in education and opportunity for students in your school?
A district initiative this year is the implementation of iReady within math classrooms in order to increase the number of our students that are preforming on grade level. Realizing that our students were not engaging with the program 45 minutes weekly, I set out to help increase our student’s engagement with the program. My first effort was to bring it to the math department, and we were able to discuss and implement a plan to which we would closely monitor student’s completion rates and encourage completion through incentives. Additionally, I brought the issue to the leaderships committee and encouraged iReady to be written into the advisory lesson plans school wide. Within the first two weeks after the changes were implemented Northeast Middle School saw a 28% improvement in our mathematics iReady completion rate.

What message about public education do you want to share?
In public education, it’s important we encourage minority students to believe and understand they can achieve as highly as non-minority students. Our district faces this struggle on a daily basis. To help combat this problem, I make a point to hold my students to high standards whether that be academically or behaviorally. This is done through rigorous instruction that require students to apply, explain, and extend on their knowledge and holding students accountable for their actions.

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