GLENDALE — A group of East Coast educators visited John Muir Elementary School on Thursday to gauge the academic environment at the school, where instructors began implementing new teaching strategies four years ago.
Principals from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts were among the foreign administrators who looked over students’ shoulders as they worked on writing assignments, which were representative of the school’s academic focus.
Muir has emphasized writing since adopting strategies developed by the Huntington Beach-based company Focus on Results, Principal Amaly Avakian said.
The company’s techniques stress teacher collaboration to target student needs, she said.
The Glendale Unified School District has implemented Focus on Results teaching strategies since 2002, although the system has been criticized by some teachers as being costly, ineffective and centered solely around test scores.