Capital School District announced that South Dover Elementary School was designated as a 2017 National Distinguished Title I and Recognition School.

Nineteen schools in Delaware were recently named Recognition Schools. Two schools, one which is South Dover Elementary, are noted as meeting national standards for a Distinguished Title I school. A Distinguished Title I School comes with an award of $8,000.

This award is the result of the combined efforts by South Dover staff, students and families. The approach is focused around providing students with prescriptive instruction through personalized learning. The South Dover Elementary staff works together to give students a personalized learning experience. This school year, the staff focused on creating more authentic opportunities to collaborate. Staff began peer-to-peer observation cycles that worked to spotlight and spread the strong instructional practices happening within the school.

Staff members were able to share ideas, highlight strengths and plan new ways to reach students within this practice. By being receptive and responsive to students individually, the staff believes that the success will continue to grow. The approach to student assessment included a focus on creating less stressful testing environments with the intent to remove common barriers such as test anxiety and fatigue that often impede student’s abilities to demonstrate their achievement. The slogan for testing was “Roll to Success” and included more than 150 third- and fourth-grade South Dover Elementary students celebrating their success at the rolling skating rink.