Success for All, developed by the School of Education’s Robert Slavin, was featured as one of 10 success stories on MSNBC’s “ Education Nation” on September 24. Education Nation, an annual summit that discusses critical issues in education, highlighted ten case studies of schools and programs from across the nation that have produced impressive and lasting results for students.
NBC visited Wells Academy in Steubenville , Ohio where Success for All was implemented 12 years ago to address the poor performance of the school. The Academy, where more than half the students come from low-income households, has shown steady progress since then and was recognized two years in a row as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and, most recently, as Ohio’s top public elementary school.
Slavin, director of SOE’s Center for Research and Reform in Education, developed SFA with the belief that all children can succeed. This research- driven program, a recipient of the Department of Education’s Innovation in Education (i3) grant, is built around a daily 90-minute reading period for all students with a focus on phonics and tutoring for students who need extra help. SFA employs a cooperative learning approach where children work in pairs or in small groups to ensure their participation and teachers continually monitor student progress. SFA programs are currently being implemented in over 1000 schools in 47 states.