Demographics:


Gaston County Schools, located in North Carolina, is the 10th-largest district in the state. We have a very diverse, economically challenged population in our school system, with roughly 65 percent of our student population eligible for free and reduced lunch.

Biggest challenge:


Three years ago, when I started as executive director for high school instruction, our state of student achievement was average. That was not good enough for us. Like districts all over North Carolina, we were also facing teacher shortages. We typically see 40 new teachers in our high schools each year. These include teachers new to...

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  • About the Author:

    James Montgomery is the executive director of high school instruction at Gaston County (NC) Schools. He and his cohort of teachers are using Verso Learning to support the work they are doing to improve intentional lesson design, capture student feedback and learning progress, and create reflective practitioners. James can be reached at jrmontgomery@gaston.k12.nc.us.