Bruce E. Reynolds
R.E. Jewell Elementary School
Bend–La Pine School District
Bend, Oregon

Soon after Bruce Reynolds arrived at R.E. Jewell Elementary seven years ago, he led his staff to thoroughly review student learning data and trends. Dissatisfied with past achievement levels, he and his staff “decided we could no longer do business as usual,” he says. So they conducted educational research, visited model schools in the region, and worked with experts to focus the school improvement plan on three areas: language arts, mathematics, and the school climate. Changes that followed included a revised school schedule allotting a daily 90-minute block of time for reading and a 45-minute reading workshop in which students work in small groups. The new master schedule also provides each grade level with a daily uninterrupted 60-minute block of time for classroom math instruction. The many instructional improvements led to dramatic improvements in student performance. The school was one of seven in Oregon distinguished as a “champion” in a state award program recognizing the academic growth of student subgroups based on special education, English language learning, and poverty. Situated in a small town, Jewell Elementary serves 593 kindergarten through grade 5 students. Because Reynolds has welcomed parents and community members to participate in all school settings and programs, Jewell Elementary counts more than 400 regular volunteers. Reynolds holds a B.S. from Oregon College of Education and an M.Ed. from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.