Moore Middle School in Redlands receives California Gold Ribbon Award – Redlands Daily Facts

The staff meeting at Moore Middle School had a golden hue to it.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, school personnel accepted the school California Gold Ribbon Award it won earlier this year.

Moore received the designation in recognition of its professional learning community model, which “utilizes a collaborative approach across grade levels and departments” to provide students with various learning opportunities that will aid in their academic successes, according to a news release.

“I love that our teachers can continue to be recognized for all of the hard work that they are doing,” Principal Maisie McCue said Thursday. “To see the award is a good reminder that everything that they do matters. All the extra time the teachers put in working together, collaborating with each other and taking time to think what is best for the students, it’s hard work that often goes unnoticed but that’s why we’re a great school.”

The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created by the California Department of Education in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which “is on hiatus while California creates new assessment, accountability, and continuous improvement systems,” according to the CDE’s website.

Moore learned in April it was one of 275 middle and high schools to earn the designation along with Cope Middle School, also in Redlands.

Selected Gold Ribbon schools received the honor based on a model program or practice adopted or implemented onsite that can “be replicated by other local educational agencies,” the release said.

Moore’s professional learning community model includes teacher-led meetings and grade-level content groups focused on lesson planning and communication “for consistency and student success.”

“It’s so positive,” McCue said. “The way that our teachers just open themselves up to each other to work as a team is outstanding.”

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