int(12) int(8) ESEA Video On Demand National ESEA Association
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NAESPA Distinguished Schools: The Power of Yet: Our Journey to Distinguished

Achievement gaps are defined as “the differences in academic performance between groups of students of different backgrounds.” By acknowledging our gaps along with establishing consistent, focused routines and instructional practices Dr. Mudd was able to earn the National ESEA Distinguished status. Dr. Mudd increased student achievement by utilizing evidenced-based practices and strategies to improve student outcomes across all grade levels. This session will provide insight and examples of how through the Power of Yet, the students and staff embraced change. Follow our journey and receive first-hand information from our leaders on how the Power of Yet had a direct impact on our school community. This session will provide participants with many of the best practices and evidence-based strategies we used to reinvigorate a passion for teaching and learning that changed our school for the better.

This talk was presented at:
2022 National ESEA Conference
February 2022 in New Orleans, LA
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Shellia Soderstrom

Shellia Soderstrom currently serves as the Vice-Principal at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School. Mrs. Soderstrom is a former teacher and Reading Resource Teacher with over 24 years of experience.

Cassandra Ament

Mrs. Cassandra Ament currently serves as the Instructional Resource Teacher at Dr. Mudd Elementary School with over 21 years of experience.

Stacy Miller

Ms. Stacy Miller currently serves as Dr. Mudd’s Reading Resource Teacher and has over 13 years of experience.

Orlena Whatley

Orlena Whatley is the Principal of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) in Waldorf, Maryland. Mrs. Whatley is a former teacher, Vice-Principal and National Distinguished Principal with over 27 years in education.