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Cochrane Collegiate Academy

Grades 6-8 | Charlotte, NC

Resources and Downloads to Improve Student Performance

Educators from Cochrane Collegiate Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.
Cochrane’s strong PD and its list of ten non-negotiable classroom practices have been critical to the school's turnaround, helping to boost student engagement and double student performance in three years.

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Professional-Development Resources


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Lesson Plans


Examples from a characterization lesson from Angela Johnson’s ninth-grade English class:

  • Characterization Lesson

    Lesson plan for characterization lesson; includes classroom examples of some of Cochrane's "Non-Negotiables":

    • Essential Question
    • Activating Strategy
    • Graphic Organizer
    • Higher-Order-Thinking Questions


  • Characterization Lesson Display

    Promethean display for characterization with foldable example

Examples from various ninth-grade math lessons:

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Culture at Cochrane


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Useful Websites


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Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Some additional resources were mentioned during a recent Facebook promotion of this page.

Many people recommended:

1) PlanBook for lesson planning (planbook.com)

2) Having students use Prezi to plan out lessons for you.

3) BrainGym.org

People also raved about the power of adding movement within your lessons. Here are a couple of quotes:

"Love this! My kinder students thrive in this kind of setting. I wouldn't do it any other way!"

"..add some dance moves/warmups to the mix as well!"

" I do this all the time, when I have multiple choice problems in a PowerPoint, they must pick a corner of the room to match the answer they choose. My middle schoolers love it!"

You can read all of the responses and resources here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151868227849917&set=a.10895704....

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