Entries by Jeanna Baxter White

Apseed ~ Supporting our Youngest Readers

By Jeanna Baxter White “We aren’t looking for advocates anymore, we are looking for accomplices and we have them in Davie County,” says Greg Alcorn, founder of ApSeed Early Childhood Education. “The Mebane Foundation has been the rockstar of all partners for ApSeed.” The Mebane Foundation and ApSeed Early Childhood Education joined forces last spring […]

Make and Take – DavieLEADS Supporting Early Literacy Teachers in Davie County Schools

By Jeanna Baxter White For two hours on a Monday afternoon, the Central Davie gym resembled a workshop. Seated at long tables, teachers were talking and laughing while cutting word strips, sorting and bagging colored squares, and taping the edges of shower board to create small whiteboards. The teachers were attending one of three “make […]

DavieLEADS ~ Guided Reading “Often Becomes Their Favorite Part of The Day”

By Jeanna Baxter White It’s 7:45 a.m. on Monday, November 12th, and hundreds of Davie County Schools’ teachers and administrators are filing into Davie County High School for Davie Experience 6, a full day of workshops and collaborative sessions designed to provide professional development for all certified staff in the district. A key workshop for […]

DavieLEADS – Building Momentum on Encouraging First Year Results

By Jeanna Baxter White Davie County Schools is on a roll–an honor roll. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has released its statewide End-of-Grade (EOG) test data for 2017-18, and Davie County has moved from 45th to 17th out of 115 districts in 3rd-grade reading proficiency.  Based on last year’s test results, Cooleemee Elementary […]

Mebane Foundation Awards Grant to Bookmarks to Bring 25,000 New Books to Winston Salem/Forsyth County Public School Libraries

By Jeanna Baxter White The Mebane Charitable Foundation has approved a grant of $200,000 to Bookmarks to support “Book Build: Fostering Connections by Building Collections,” a three-year, $450,000 initiative focused on infusing the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School libraries with current, culturally-relevant books. But there is a catch ….. while $50,000 will be released immediately, $50,000 of […]

Cognitive ToyBox – Data-Based Assessment Tool to Accelerate Progress in Early Childhood Literacy

By Jeanna Baxter White Assessment of child progress, a National Association for the Education of Young Children program standard,  helps teachers to improve their teaching and enhances student learning. Currently, observation-based assessment is the most common assessment approach in Head Start and state-funded Pre-K programs. However, it is also time-consuming for teachers, who spend four to […]

Davie County Schools Read to Achieve Camp – Literacy Training that is Changing Lives

By Jeanna B White How much can 16 days change a child’s life? One hundred twenty-one Davie County students are finding out as they attend this summer’s Read to Achieve Camp at Mocksville Elementary School. Read to Achieve Camp is designed to help third-graders meet state requirements in reading to advance to the fourth grade. […]

Hill RAP and A+ Training for Read to Achieve – Preparing Davie Educators to Help Students Discover their Strengths and Improve Literacy Skills!

By Jeanna B. White The teachers became the students as 28 Davie County educators explored using the arts to teach reading, a skill that is fundamental for success in school as well as in life. This A+ Schools training was in preparation for Davie’s summer Read to Achieve Camp which is designed to help third […]

Extraordinary Results in Davie County Inspires Mebane Charitable Foundation to Contribute Additional Funding

As a result of last summer’s phenomenal results, the Mebane Charitable Foundation, located in Mocksville, NC, has approved a grant of up to $99,845 to support Davie County’s 2018 Read to Achieve summer camp for third graders who have not met state requirements in reading to advance to the fourth grade. During the summer of […]

ApSeed and Mebane Foundation Join Forces to Provide 1,000 Mobile Touchscreen Tablet e-Readers FREE to Qualifying Davie County Preschool Children

By Jeanna B. White The Mebane Foundation and ApSeed Early Childhood Education have joined forces to increase literacy scores among at-risk children in Davie County by providing a free e-Reader preloaded with applications designed to improve literacy and strengthen vocabulary. Thanks to a $105,000 grant from the Foundation, based in Mocksville, NC, 1,000 custom-built tablets, […]

Davie County Preschoolers Excited about Field Trips to “Big School”

By Jeanna B. White Carefully, they climbed from the van. Wide-eyed and wiggling with excitement, the twenty rising kindergarteners from Kountry Kids Learning Center & Preschool and Young Children’s Learning Center were ready for their tour of Mocksville Elementary School. Transitioning from preschool to elementary school can be a scary proposition for many students, particularly […]

“What is an Elementary School?” – Preparing Preschoolers for the Next Adventure!

By Jeanna Baxter White For children who don’t have an older sibling or have never been to an elementary school, words like principal, cafeteria, and media center are foreign concepts. Davie County Preschool is filling those gaps by providing rising kindergarteners with a book containing pictures of the elementary school that they will be attending […]