An inspirational instructional leader, principal Shannon C. Harvey, Ed.D., has fostered dramatic improvements in student achievement at Cascade Elementary School in Renton, Washington. A former teacher at Cascade before becoming principal in 2004, Dr. Harvey has brought the school community's stakeholders together to work as a team and has implemented numerous effective strategies, from giving teachers extra professional development time on Fridays to displaying scores on a wall for students and teachers to keep track of academic progress. Dr. Harvey is expert at helping her staff monitor and analyze assessment data to inform instruction, direct the use of school resources and determine the level and intensity of intervention required. Her instructional leadership has helped the school steadily improve its reading performance on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) from 48 percent in 2004 to 81 percent in 2007. All of the district's elementary principals selected Dr. Harvey to be their team leader, representing them on key committees such as the Title I Advisory Committee and the Instructional Technology Committee. Dr. Harvey taught a master's-level research course at Lesley University and is on the university's Professional Education Advisory Board (PEAB). She has presented at conferences, trains teachers districtwide and has published articles for the Association of Washington School Principals. Thanks in large part to Dr. Harvey's leadership, Cascade earned recognition last year from Washington's State Superintendent of Public Instruction as one of six distinguished schools.
Renton Reporter | Jan 24, 2012 | Kent, WA
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