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We want to prepare
our students to be
college- and careerready. Proficiency on
the state assessment
is not our ceiling; it is
our floor."
-Cameron Millspaugh, principal,
Cool Spring Elementary School,
Adelphi, MD

improve. Those instructional conversations are two-way. "I teach my teachers
to push back and to be facilitators of
their own learning," she says. "That
helps me release control."
Lorraine Joseph, a lead teacher at
Chillum, has worked at the school for
16 years, and she sees a big difference.
"It's like we're all in this together; it's not
like she's ahead and yelling out orders,"
Joseph says.
Daniel is also clear about what she
wants to see instructionally. "She poses
questions to us and encourages us to
delve deeper and provide evidence for
what we're saying," Joseph adds.
Associate Superintendent Helen Coley
says the difference Daniel is making at

Chillum is instantly noticeable. "Everyone
seems to be on fire with excitement,"
she says. "It's every day, and it's such
a good feeling. The focus on school
culture, on instruction, on data, is there
all the time."

Changing the Game
for Students
Teachers' enthusiasm and commitment
to improvement are also evident at Cool
Spring, which serves nearly 900 students,
about two-thirds of whom are Englishlanguage learners. At the beginning of
Millspaugh's second year there, teachers
voted to add "completing the circuit"
to the previous year's theme, enlarging
the concept of teamwork to include

RelationshipBuilding Tip
Principal Cameron Millspaugh
saw something occur at a Back to
School Night that bothered him, so
he let the teacher involved know. A
day later, he visited the teacher in
her classroom. "He asked me how
I was feeling," the teacher relates.
"He explained to me what had
occurred and why it bothered him.
I appreciated that."
community partnerships that would bring
students more services and opportunities.
In Millspaugh's third year as
principal, teachers agreed to be

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