George Lucas Educational FoundationCelebrating 30 years
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.

Resources on This Page:

Tips for downloading: PDF files can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms -- both as a browser plug-in or a stand-alone application -- with Adobe's free Acrobat Reader program. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.

Click on any title link below to view or download that file.

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



Useful Websites


School Snapshot

Cochrane Collegiate Academy

Grades 6-8 | Charlotte, NC
620 | Public, Urban
Per Pupil Expenditures
$6,133 School$5,346 District$8,451 State
Free / Reduced Lunch
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.

Share This Story

  • email icon

Filed Under

  • Student Engagement
  • Classroom Management
  • Curriculum Planning
  • Professional Learning
  • Teaching Strategies
  • 6-8 Middle School
  • 9-12 High School

Follow Edutopia

  • facebook icon
  • twitter icon
  • instagram icon
  • pinterest icon
  • youtube icon
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use

George Lucas Educational Foundation