Grassroots New Orleans Charter Gives Students ‘Critical Care’
Standing before a class of 8th graders at McDonogh 42 Elementary Charter School in late September, Harold Peaden, a retired chemical engineer, slowly explained the steps for solving an equation with one variable. He wrote every step on an overhead projector, and called on each of the 14 students by name to ask if they understood.
Most said yes, they did. At least two needed extra time to work the problem and some requested one-on-one attention from him.
Mr. Peaden’s methodical, personal style is meant to ensure success for these struggling middle school students, some of whom are repeating the 8th grade after they failed Louisiana’s high-stakes exam last school year. Whether those 8th graders succeed this time around is the high-stakes test for the educators at McDonogh 42, one of New...
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