This week’s The Cutting Ed podcast is with Solen-Cannon Ball Superintendent Justin Fryer and Title I math teacher Vanessa Peach. A switch to trimester schedules a couple of years ago in their school district has led to increased student engagement and graduation rates.

Cannon Ball Elementary School and Solen High School were recently recognized nationally with an ESEA Distinguished School Award. Superintendent Fryer said that the award has meant a lot to their staff, administrators and the community they serve, mostly because of the progress it represents in high school graduation rates.

“As you may or may not know, one of the big initiatives for Superintendent Baesler has been Native American graduation rates,” he said. “She hasn’t been OK with those numbers being so low as compared to other ethnicities’ graduation rates across the state. So we’ve shown quite a bit of improvement in that area. And we continue to look to improve as we go forward.”

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