George Lucas Educational Foundation
Student Engagement

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.

October 18, 2011
Two girls smiling, sitting at a desk
Credit: Zachary Fink
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

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:

 

Culture at Cochrane

 

 

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School Snapshot

Cochrane Collegiate Academy

Grades 6-8 | Charlotte, NC
Enrollment
620 | Public, Urban
Per Pupil Expenditures
$6,133 School$5,346 District$8,451 State
Free / Reduced Lunch
87%
DEMOGRAPHICS:
60% Black
30% Hispanic
3% White
2% Asian/Pacific Islander
1% Native American
20% English-language learners
 13% Individualized education programs
 
 
 
Demographic data is from the 2011-12 school year. Fiscal data is from the 2009-10 school year.

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