Spradling Elementary School Receives Highly Effective Schools Accreditation

For Immediate Release:

February 19, 2021
Contact: Christina Williams, Coordinator of Public Information
cwilliams@fortsmithschools.org  or (479) 785-2501, ext. 91202

Spradling Elementary School Receives Highly Effective Schools Accreditation

Fort Smith, AR, February 19, 2021 – Spradling Elementary School has earned Highly Effective Schools Accreditation from Solution Tree. Spradling is the second school in Arkansas to receive the accreditation.
This accreditation is a significant achievement that reflects Spradling’s commitment to reaching and maintaining the highest levels of educational quality. Spradling earned this accreditation by maintaining and growing identified areas having the biggest impact on student learning and growth. These areas are directly aligned to the Professional Learning Communities at Work® (PLC) process and the High Reliability Schools(HRS) framework.
PLCs are schools and districts that recognize the key to improved learning for students is ongoing, job-embedded professional learning for educators. The 3 Big Ideas of the PLC at Work process call upon educators to: (1) focus on learning, (2) build a collaborative culture, and (3) create a results orientation.
The complementary HRS framework serves as a long-term strategic planning tool that guides school improvement in five key areas:
  1. Safe, Supportive, and Collaborative Culture
  2. Effective Teaching in Every Classroom
  3. Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
  4. Standards-Referenced Reporting
  5. Competency-Based Education
“Spradling staff and administrators are committed to high expectations and learning for all. We are constantly pursuing excellence within ourselves and are fully equipped with a growth mindset to serve every student. At Spradling, the focus is not on teaching, it is on learning. It is a joy for me to work beside these amazing educators,” said Robyn Dawson, Principal at Spradling Elementary School.

“Spradling staff meet weekly to create and review unit plans to ensure that instruction remains at high levels. When students have difficulty with any standard, we have a strong system of intervention in place to support students where they need it. Our mission is Every Student, Every Day, Whatever it Takes, To Achieve a Better Future. We hold ourselves accountable to this mission and it is lived daily within the walls of our school,” Dawson added.
Cameron L. Rains, director of school improvement for Solution Tree and co-author of Professional Learning Communities at Work® and High Reliability Schools: Cultures of Continuous Learning, explained, “In order to receive Highly Effective Schools Accreditation, schools must put a laser-like focus on the things that really matter and make a difference for students. We commend Spradling Elementary for achieving this designation and for going the extra mile for the learners they serve.”
To learn more about Highly Effective Schools Accreditation, please visit SolutionTree.com/HESA.

About Fort Smith Public Schools

From unmanned aerial systems programming to unforgettable kindergarten trips to the farm, Fort Smith Public Schools provides incredible opportunities and strong instruction for each of the almost 15,000 students in its 19 neighborhood elementary schools, four junior high schools, two senior high schools, one alternative learning center and one adult education center. With nationally recognized schools, students, educators and organizations, Fort Smith Public Schools are always the best choice. For information, visit www.fortsmithschools.org