Williamstown educators present at statewide conference

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By Bryan Marshall

Three educators from Williamstown High School recently shared successful math strategies to help students succeed.

Williamstown Jr./Sr. High School Principal Misty Buchanan and teachers Ann Rourk and Deana Cummins presented at the Kentucky Association of School Council’s annual “Schools That Lead the Way” conference in Louisville.

The school was chosen because of their high test scores in all areas, but math was the area of focus for the presentation.

Williamstown High School was ranked in the top 20 performing schools statewide and met 100 percent of its No Child Left Behind goals.

“We are very excited and honored for our school to have been to chosen to present at this state level conference,” Buchanan said. “Sharing the instructional strategies, the curriculum decisions made and the culture of the math department and our school, is an essential way for schools to continue to improve.”

Other presenters at the conference included Terry Holliday, new Kentucky education commissioner, and Ken Draut, associate commissioner for the Office of Assessment and Accountability.

The conference was attended by teachers, principals, parents and district leaders.

“This allows us to focus on our many strengths, and identify our growth areas,” Buchanan said. “This process, in itself, has allowed the math department to hone their skills and provided us with the validation that we are making the right decisions for our students.”