George Lucas Educational Foundation

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.
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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
Edcamper, Former @Edutopia, Founder of Social Media Marketing Consultancy aimed at helping educational orgs.

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

Many people recommended:

1) PlanBook for lesson planning (

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


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!"

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