2017 Principal Winner
SCHOOL: Henderson Mill Elementary School, DeKalb County Schools
Mitch Green is a committed veteran having served both Gwinnett and DeKalb County Schools. He began his career serving special needs students at the middle school level. As an assistant principal, he developed programs that intervene on behalf of at-risk youth resulting in graduation. As principal of STEM-Certified Henderson Mill Elementary, Mr. Green has constructed cohesive teams of teachers who build quality relationships with students, collaborate in meaningful ways, and engage students in purposeful work.
PROJECT: Leveled Literacy Intervention
Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is a current project that we are looking to expand upon for the coming school year. LLI is an early morning intervention for students in grades 1-5 who are reading at least one level below expected performance according to the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System. In LLI, we use all available instructors to meet with small group of students who are reading at the same level. They follow a systematic, research-based approach detailed in the Leveled Literacy Intervention Kits to rapidly improve student reading levels in order to bridge the performance gap. Students are provided LLI texts to take home to ready nightly. Through the consistent use of this program, we have decreased the percentage of students reading below grade level from 32% to 25% in less than one year.