Dear Neil Cummins Families,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!
Our staff and teachers are rejuvenated and re-energized for an amazing 2020-2021 school year! At Neil Cummins we are dedicated to fostering a healthy, inclusive, respectful, and safe learning environment that promotes social, emotional and intellectual growth. When our students feel safe and happy, their learning takes off! Our Neil Cummins staff will work tirelessly to inspire our students to maximize their potential through personalized learning that adapts continuously in order to address individual needs, encourage critical thinking, and cultivate collaborative, lifelong learners.
We continue to refine our practices to provide meaningful learning opportunities for each student. Our instructional priorities are CGI Mathematics and (Columbia University) Readers Workshop. Both priorities are grounded in over three decades of research and are regarded as best practice in challenging, supporting, and growing readers and mathematicians to excel in all content areas. Our supporting priorities are: engineering and robotics through Project Lead the Way, mindfulness/social-emotional learning, and using data to inform and drive our Multi-Tiered System of Support.
Our teachers are continuing to engage in professional development in Cognitively Guided Math Instruction and Reading Workshop with a focus on conferring in math, reading, and writing. Conferring is where students meet individually or in small groups with their teacher on a regular basis and are provided with targeted instruction tailored to their academic needs - whether they are below, at, or above grade-level standards. If you are curious about conferring, please check out these links to videos demonstrating this approach:
- Writing Conference: Providing and then Withholding Scaffolding to Support one Child’s Early Understanding of Narrative Structure (Kindergarten)
- Reading Conference: Teaching Intertextuality to a Student (Grades 5-8)
- CGI Math Conference: Using Number Talks to Formatively Assess Students and Provide Tailored Instruction (6th Grade) (Note: LCMSD middle school math teachers focused on number talks as a key strategy last year)
We are looking forward to a wonderful year of learning and growing together at Neil Cummins!
Patty Flynn Elliot, Ed.D, Principal