At the November Council of Intown Neighborhood Schools program held at Springdale Park Elementary on November 12, Dr. Betsy Bockman, principal at Inman Middle lifted up significant, ongoing conversations among principals and assistant principals throughout the Grady Cluster.
Elementary schools in the Grady Cluster include our partner Hope-Hill, along with Centennial Place, Mary Lin, Morningside, and Springdale Park. Students from all five elementary schools attend Inman Middle School and go on to Grady High School.
Dr Bockman said that school leaders will focus, for example, on ways to strengthen:
1) a true K to 12 structure
2) opportunities for each student to discover and explore his or her unique abilities,
3) experiences fostering students’ healthy membership in the larger school community rather than a sense of being left out,
4) a clear snapshot at any given time of each student’s areas of mastery and those in need of development,
5) each teacher’s knowledge of content and best instructional practices, and
6) useful consistency in evaluations (i.e. an A in a given subject at a given grade level means the same across the schools in the cluster).
In keeping with her interest in the full K to 12 learning experience for all students, Dr. Bockman led a discussion for parents with APS math coordinators for both K-5 and 6-12 grades at Inman Middle during her Principal’s Coffee held on November 21.