Jacqueline Gouin, Author at Madison School District

National Study: Madison Provides Higher than Average Educational Opportunities

The Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA) is an initiative aimed at harnessing data to help scholars, policymakers, educators, and parents learn how to improve educational opportunity for all children. According to the SEDA report, the Madison Elementary School District provides higher than average educational opportunities. Madison students score 0.61 grade levels above the U.S. average. Average scores of Madison students are 0.37 grade levels higher than districts with similar socioeconomic status. In Madison, students’ test scores increased an average of 0.03 grade levels each year from 2009-2016. The SEDA utilized the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results to create a process for comparing the state test scores which all have unique performance levels thresholds and/or scales.

Madison Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Madison School District was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its fiscal year 2018 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). In their press release, the GFOA states, “The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.”

Madison Educators Visit Uganda

A group of Madison educators visited a school in Uganda during the summer of 2019. Pictured: Madison team with the school's head-mistress (principal)

This past summer, a team of Madison educators was afforded the opportunity to visit Omuto Emmaus School near Jinja, Uganda. The team consisted of Dr. Mike Winters, Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction, and four teachers from Madison Meadows, IB Coordinator Victoria Coughlin, Language Arts teacher Amber Bradshaw, Science teacher Alexandra Ritter, and Math teacher Christy Schwalenberg.

During the visit the team toured the school, provided training to the teachers, observed instruction, and provided feedback to the teachers and head mistress (principal). Team members interacted with students, and participated in extracurricular activities and a debate. The team was also able to bring a donation of 30 backpacks stuffed full of school supplies and each team member donated a professional book to add to the school’s library.

Madison School District Receives Notice of Re-accreditation by AdvancED

Madison School District Receives Notice of Re-accreditation by AdvancED

AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. Madison was the first elementary school district in Arizona to have been accredited by AdvancED. This past year, Madison was re-accredited and earned the highest AdvancED Index of Education Quality (IEQ) score for any education institution, internationally, in the last 5 years. Madison earned an IEQ of 323.55 compared to the previous highest score of any district, which was 283.33.

Madison’s Bond Rating Upgraded

Madison’s Bond Rating Upgraded

Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Madison Elementary School District’s outstanding general obligation tax bonds from Aa2 to Aa1. Madison is one of only 7 school districts in Arizona to have such a high rating from Moody’s. The upgrade to Aa1 reflects the District’s robust financial position and experienced management team in place. The rating also reflects the District’s manageable debt and pension liabilities. Madison is grateful to receive validation from Moody’s that the District is responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars as it works to help students realize their full academic, social and emotional potential.

Because of the community’s support, Madison can continue its strong tradition of academic excellence by investing money in the classroom via signature programs that meet the needs of children; programs such as Visual & Performing Arts, Spanish Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Traditional Academy, REACH (Highly Gifted) and STEAM.

Laura Webb Selected as New Madison Simis Principal

Laura Webb has been approved by the Madison Elementary School District Governing Board as the new principal at Madison Simis Elementary School. An educator for more than 15 years, Webb currently serves as an assistant principal at Madison Rose Lane Elementary School within the top-rated district. Webb will replace Dr. Joyce Flowers, Simis’ beloved long-time principal who retires this June.

“We are incredibly privileged to have Ms. Webb serve as the new principal of Madison Simis,” said Madison School District Superintendent Kenneth Baca. “Her extensive experience as an educator, the value she places on each student’s success, the leadership she’s demonstrated at Madison Rose Lane and her ability to bring individuals together to create new opportunities for our students – makes me confident she’ll uphold and enhance the traditions of Simis and Madison.”

Webb has a broad range of educational experience in and outside the Madison District. She has served at both public and private schools, and is currently completing her sixth year as an assistant principal. Simis will be the fourth Madison school she has worked at, so she is knowledgeable in the standards of the district. She has also served in Madison as a community member, parent and teacher.

When asked about priorities, Webb shared, “My initial focus will be to develop meaningful relationships with students, staff and parents as together we focus on Simis’ overall goals. We’ll also refine strategies to maintain and improve upon the students’ high achievements in an everchanging educational landscape – including expanding technology use on campus and utilizing the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework to develop and enhance students’ critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.”

Webb added, “I’m very grateful to continue leading in Madison and work in the community in which I live. I’m thrilled to be able to lead Simis and work alongside the diverse parent community, dedicated staff and talented students as we continue Simis’ tradition of excellence and develop students into empathetic and strategic global thinkers.”

Simis Elementary School serves children in grades preschool to fourth grade and is known for its award-winning music and International Baccalaureate programs.

Job Fair – February 20, 2019

The Madison Elementary School District will be hosting a job fair from 4-6 p.m., Feb. 20, 2019 in the Madison Center for the Arts Lobby – 5601 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

The event highlights both certified teaching and classified support staff positions in the district’s eight schools and includes current positions, as well as those for the 2019-2020 school year.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit our Job Fair page!