Berkman, Voigt Achieve Marzano High Reliability Schools Certification

Berkman Elementary Arts Integration Academy (AIA) and Voigt Elementary School have achieved level two certifications in Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS) program for creating a safe and collaborative culture.

The HRS program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research-based five-level hierarchy, along with leading and lagging indicators, educators learn to assess, monitor, and confirm the effectiveness of their schools.

“Voigt Elementary achieving the Level 2 Certification ensures we communicate a clear vision as to how instruction should be addressed. We continually provide support for teachers to enhance their pedagogical skills, and teachers are able to articulate predominant instructional practices throughout the school,” Voigt Principal Cheryl Hester said. “We will continue to work hard and reflect on our instructional practices to ensure our students receive the best possible education.”

To be certified, schools must collect data and validate their performance to climb each level of the hierarchy. Certification is determined by Marzano Research analysts in cooperation with school data teams.

Berkman Principal Kathy Cawthron said Berkman is thankful for the opportunity Round Rock ISD provides to engage in this research based process to improve their campus.

“Our staff has worked diligently this school year to establish a common vision for instruction by incorporating the arts into content areas,” Cawthron said. “The result of this has been more engaged learners who think critically and creatively; and skilled teachers and staff who focus on professional growth.”

Both Berkman and Voigt’s certifications came after a series of evaluative steps. First, parents, staff and students completed surveys, the results were analyzed, and administration developed criteria for improvement. Then they demonstrated the campus’ proficiency in level one by showcasing campus information. Finally, program representatives interviewed staff members, reviewed criteria for improvement, and met with the leadership team before signing off on the certification for level one.

“Both Voigt and Berkman’s Marzano certifications showcase the commitment these campuses have to ensure our students are learning in a successful and effective environment,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said. “We are proud to have Voigt and Berkman serve students and look forward to seeing the campuses continue their journey through the Marzano program.”