Amazing EBLI Schools - The Potter's House

Effective EBLI Implementation

by Nora Chahbazi

The Potter’s House school made an average of 200% ABOVE expected gains K-8th grade on the NWEA/MAP assessment after their first 4 months of EBLI implementation in 2014. In the video below their administrators share their recipe for success with EBLI and you’ll see many clips of their students using EBLI in the classroom. You’ll be amazed; it is a must-watch for anyone interested in literacy and/or EBLI!

The Potter’s House school made an average of 200% ABOVE expected gains K-8th grade on the NWEA/MAP assessment after their first 4 months of EBLI implementation in 2014.

The Potter’s House is a unique school in urban Grand Rapids with a diverse student population and many ELL students. All teachers, Pre-K-12th grade, have been trained in EBLI. They are an exemplary example of excellent EBLI implementation.

There’s so much good stuff in these interviews that we decided to include the audio in its entirety for your listening pleasure. Find links to the audio, along with bullet points of what each person discussed, below the video.

Full-length, uncut audio interviews below:

John Booy, Superintendent

Contains:

• History of Potter’s House
• Sister Schools
• Diversity of students
• Why they were looking for systematic reading instruction
• How they found EBLI as the solution
• Cost effectiveness of EBLI
• Donor for EBLI
• What they find unique and powerful about EBLI
• Success of EBLI in their school
• Student and teacher buy in

 

Mark Ponstine, PreK-8th Principal

Contains:

• Learning about literacy as a math expert
• How EBLI fills in the gaps (or needs) for all students
• Strength in EBLI training for all staff and using the 'common' language
• Professional Learning Communities
• Support for staff
• Infusing EBLI into what they are already doing

 

Dr. Peter Vande Brake, High School Principal

Contains:

• EBLI’s impact on lowest and highest students
• EBLI’s impact on spelling and writing with example stories
• How quickly test scores increased (NWEA, ACT, Comprehension)
• Exceeding expectations
• Implementing their EBLI plan
• What makes EBLI different

 

Please comment with input or questions. If you already teach EBLI, please share implementation tips you’ve found successful that might be beneficial for others using EBLI.

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