Schools and districts that have adopted the Larry Bell program have had outstanding success. This program is for those schools or districts that want to fully embrace Larry Bell’s philosophy and strategies. Larry likes to first meet with the entire staff. After that, he meets only with the Larry Bell Leadership Team at different times throughout the year. This program provides continuous instruction and support tailored to the specific needs of that school or district.
Some Larry Bell Schools/Districts:
Rankin County Schools, Florence, MS
- 28 schools total
- The 8 Title I schools participated using Larry Bell Leadership Teams
Hattiesburg City Schools, Hattiesburg, MS
- 10 schools total
- All schools participated
Salisbury/Rowan Schools, Salisbury, NC
- 35 schools total
- All schools participated using Larry Bell Leadership Teams
St. John the Baptist Parish School District LaPlace, LA
- 12 schools total
- All schools participated using administrative teams
Adelanto Elementary School, Adelanto, CA
- 97% Free and Reduced Lunch
- 95% African American and Latino
Larry Bell’s Achievement Program
(General Outline – to be tailored for each site)
- Research on the power of teacher expectations.
- Creating a classroom culture of high expectations.
- 12 Powerful Words.
- Reading/Comprehension: UNRA(A)VEL – the number 1 secret weapon.
- Math word problem UNRA(A)VEL.
- The video that models high expectations strategies.
- 5 actions that alienate African American students from teachers.
- Writing UNRA(A)VEL – when students are given prompts.
- Review of Day I. (Questions/Concerns)
- Testing Strategies for Common Core.
- Ways to use data to drive instruction.
- Grade level or subject area data meeting procedures.
- Utilizing “data rooms”- a must!!
- A real life case study.
- 5 major academic obstacles of African American students.
- 10 backbreakers of standardized testing.
- 5 ways to motivate unmotivated students.
- Review of Day I & II (Questions/Concerns)
- 8 personal techniques that transcend all “barriers.”
- Developing an “energized” classroom.
- 7 common mistakes made with “at-risk” (at- promise) students.
- How to avoid cross-cultural miscommunication.
- Eliminating unnecessary referrals.
- Introducing the proper use of testing incentive programs.
- Review of three prior meetings. (Questions/Concerns)
- Strategies for students when they do not know a word.
- Strategies students should use when not sure of an answer.
- Strategies students should use when frustrated during the test.
- 10 mistakes made by students taking state tests.
- 10 mistakes made by teachers when preparing students for a state test.
- 10 mistakes made by principals preparing schools for state tests.
- 10 mistakes central office administrators make when preparing districts for testing.
- “Little things” that cost big points.