Board recognizes significant improvement at Provo Peaks Elementary

The Utah State Office of Education would like to recognize Principal Alex Judd, the faculty, the Provo School District leadership and members of the community for their work in supporting significant school improvement at Provo Peaks Elementary School.

Provo Peaks Elementary School Principal Alex Judd addresses the Utah State Board of Education

Provo Peaks Elementary School Principal Alex Judd addresses the Utah State Board of Education

Provo Peaks Elementary School is honored by the Utah State Board of Education for significant improvement

Provo Peaks Elementary School is honored by the Utah State Board of Education for significant improvement. Pictured are Associate Superintendent Brenda Hales, a representative from Brigham Young University, Principal Alex Judd, Superintendent Randy Merrill, Utah State Board of Education Chair Debra Roberts, Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway.

Superintendent Randy Merrill indicates that under the principal’s leadership, the faculty has become a strong, positive force benefitting a student body that is 80-percent disadvantaged. Principal Judd has inspired many in the community to partner with his school. For example, Dean Richard Young of the Brigham Young University School of Education has personally led a team of his staff members in a variety of school improvement efforts at Provo Peaks including student tutoring. This past year, BYU confirmed their confidence in the Provo Peaks Elementary leadership and staff by investing more than $100,000 to help Provo Peaks become a “Professional Development School” that will serve as a model for other schools in the BYU-Public School Partnership.

Superintendent Merrill goes on to explain that Principal Judd has been instrumental in building capacity and practices that have greatly enhanced the school’s performance. When one enters the school, the energy is palpable. Families who had formally abandoned the school are now returning to be part of something special. Thanks to the work of educators and citizens throughout the Provo community and the leadership of Principal Judd, Provo Peaks Elementary has become an extraordinary place for children.

When one enters the school, the energy is palpable. Families who had formally abandoned the school are now returning to be part of something special. Thanks to the work of educators and citizens throughout the Provo community and the leadership of Principal Judd, Provo Peaks Elementary has become an extraordinary place for children.

Principal Judd has implemented eight key measures that have moved the school’s achievement for the past two years sufficient to exit Title I school improvement.

  • The school leadership team is more responsive and available for teachers, parents, and students.
  • The school hired an outstanding Title I Coordinator who helps to bridge the gap to the Latino population and provides exceptional leadership.
  • The school has fully implemented the Professional Learning Communities model to focus on student achievement.
  • Teachers at Provo Peaks implement the literacy program with fidelity. Each teacher focuses on initial instruction in order ensure quality student engagement.
  • The administration visits classrooms regularly in order to provide feedback on student engagement and classroom instruction.
  • The partnership with BYU has been a key to successful implementation of Professional Learning Communities and the Positive Behavior Support model.

The school and the community have celebrated improvement. This has greatly helped change morale; students, teachers, parents, and leadership are contributing to a more positive culture.

We applaud Provo Peaks and are pleased to honor Principal Judd and his staff today.

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