Mary and Frank Yturria Elementary School
2018 America’s Best Urban Schools Award Winner
At Mary and Frank Yturria Elementary School in Brownsville, Texas a coherent system of structures provides the foundation for excellence. Weekly grade-level meetings provide structure and time for educators to work together to analyze student performance data, identify individual students’ learningneeds, plan targeted lessons, create assessments, and share ideas about how to increase instructional engagement and effectiveness. Regular diagnostic and formative assessments are designed and administered to guide teachers’ decisions about instruction and determine intervention and enrichment opportunities for students. The administrative team observes teaching and learning regularly and frequently. As a teacher explained, “They are very good about doing a lot of walkthroughs and give a lot of feedback. I’m never worried. It isn’t a ‘gotcha.’ They provide constructive feedback to improve our practice.” And, classrooms are structured such that all students (special need, bilingual, gifted, and general education) learn together and interact with one another throughout the school day.