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Woodson Kansas Teachers work to improve learning and test scores

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YATES CENTER, KANSAS -

The Woodson School District is working to improve learning and test scores. 

Sandra Heffern has been teaching in Yates Center for 35 years. 

Sandra Heffern, 3rd grade teacher:"I grew up in this town.. It's a good community, good school system."

Heffern is one of many teachers in the Woodson School District that are participating in a teachers academy. 
It's giving them a chance to learn new teaching methods.. get up to speed on state standards.. and collaborate between grade levels. 

Heffern:"The most beneficial has been the communication. Being able to talk to other classes, to other grades. See what we're missing perhaps, fill in the gaps as we move along."

Greg Brown, Woodson USD 366 Superintendent:"All of our teachers..they've got great hearts, fantastic work ethic. And if we can build some collective thought process, teamwork so to speak, man, we're gonna hit some home runs with student performance."

Improving that student performance is the focus of the academy.

Brown:"We present the school board with a learning report, and this last November we did that and we were uncomfortable with where our kids are at."

Only about 50 percent of the kids in the Woodson School District perform at grade level. The board of education wants to improve that to 80-percent by the spring of 2020.

Brown:"We really wanted to give the teachers a great deal of time to do a lot of collaborating and evaluating the use of materials, and let's get real serious about presenting a better situation for our students."

Heffern says she always looks for ways to improve.. And that students are her first priority.

Heffern:"You look at those and you look at where you can build. Figure out what it is we need to do differently to make the changes so they'll succeed."

Today was the last day of the teacher academy. 

The district plans to give teachers additional chances to collaborate between grade levels in the future. 

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