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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
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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

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
    620 | Public, Urban
    Per Pupil Expenditures
    $6133 School$5346 District$8451 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.

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