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Lawrence-Lawson Elementary hosts "Spotlight School" Program

SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) - Lawrence-Lawson Elementary School welcomed teachers from Whitehall School District to sit-in and observe Lawrence-Lawson teachers all day on Tuesday.
    "I really feel our biggest strength is our high quality teachers," Lawrence-Lawson Principal Melissa Herek said.
    Last year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction honored Lawrence-Lawson Elementary as a "spotlight school". Lawrence-Lawson became a spotlight school after receiving four consecutive "School of Recognition" awards, which helped them earn a $50,000 grant to help assist other area school districts.
    "They can really take what they feel they need to be a better practitioner so that they can be effective in their teaching," Herek said.
    The Department of Public Instruction requires grantees to host at least three visit similar to Tuesday's throughout the school year. Whitehall School District Kindergarten Teacher Anne Yamiska said in-person observations are better than your average teachers convention.
    "It helps us better and able to meet the diverse needs of learners that are out there today," Yamiska said.
    Yamiska has been teaching in the Whitehall School District for 25 years, but she is always looking for ways to improve her instruction methods. "You're always questioning what you do and how can I do it better and in order to do that, you have to get out and actually see people in action," Yamiska said.
    The grant not only provides spotlight schools with the opportunity to help teachers from other schools, it also helps cover the cost of meals and travel for visiting schools.
    Lawrence-Lawson will host another session similar to Tuesday's on April 15th. Herek said the school has applied to the Department of Public Instruction for a continuation grant for the 2014-2015 school year. Herek said they'll know by late May whether they received the grant or not.
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