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Rowan-Salisbury recognized nationally as a school district to watch

Rowan-Salisbury Schools was recognized as one of six “school districts to watch” recently by Education Dive, an online publication that reaches over a half million subscribers interested in education. The district was the only one in the southeastern United States that was recognized.

While some of the other districts were recognized because they’d recently been taken over by state government, the article heralded Rowan-Salisbury as a “beacon of innovation,” and lauded the district for intensive professional development to help teachers integrate technology into everyday lessons.

The article cited a 2019 recognition by the School Superintendents Association (AASA) for the district’s 1:1 distribution of technology devices as early as 2014 and its climb up from a “low-performing” designation by the state.

Within the district, two out of three students are economically disadvantaged and 13% are English learners, so the rise from low-performing status has been particularly significant.

Rowan-Salisbury Schools Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody responded to the distinction by saying, “The success of our hard work has been reaching across the nation. We keep our nose to the grindstone and work hard every day for the children we serve. I could not be prouder of our students, teachers, administrators and all our staff. We are grateful to our parents for working with us and for our community for supporting us to make big changes for the betterment of teaching and learning in our schools.”

You can find the Education Dive article here.

Maggie Blackwell

Maggie Blackwell is a freelance writer and former City Councilwoman in Salisbury, North Carolina. She started writing on her Tom Thumb typewriter at age eight and now spends her retirement playing with her grandchildren.