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Lauren D. Campsen
Ocean View Elementary School
Norfolk Public Schools
Norfolk, Virginia

During her fourteen year tenure as principal, Lauren D. Campsen has transformed the high-poverty Ocean View Elementary School from a low-performing, non-accredited school into a nationally recognized, award-winning model of student achievement. In 2008, Ocean View was declared a National Blue Ribbon School, and from 2009 through 2012, it was named a Virginia Distinguished Title I School each year. Campsen began the prekindergarten through fifth grade school’s journey to high performance by reorganizing around horizontal grade-level and vertical content data teams, including extensive professional development in data analysis and data team organization. Teams analyze data, identify problems, and develop strategies and solutions with team leaders joining Campsen in a Lead Data Team for final discussions and decisions. All students, regardless of sub-group, are expected to perform at 80 percent proficiency on assessments. Three levels of intervention in math and reading include small groups and up to three one-on-one teacher-directed interventions daily. For gifted students, 90 percent proficiency is expected and also tracked individually to monitor progress. Community partnerships extend resources and student learning opportunities with military partners providing supplies, serving as tutors, and helping out at special activities. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation offers environmental studies activities, and a parent volunteer tutoring group, personally recruited by Campsen, is now over thirty strong. Campsen also rates mentoring as high among her accomplishments, having trained and coached numerous staff members and colleagues both locally and across the country as part of the RTI Action Network. Campsen holds a B.S. in Sociology, an M.S. as a Reading Specialist, and a CAS for Education Administration from Old Dominion University.