By Ryan Horton
All six Choctaw-NicomaPark District elementaryschools recently achievedthe prestigious honor of being named Great ExpectationsModel Schools.
L. W. Westfall Elementary,Indian Meridian Elementary, Nicoma Park Elementary, NicomaPark Intermediate, James Griffith Intermediate and Choctaw Elementary haveall been named model schools.
Choctaw Elementary have all been named model schools.
Choctaw-Nicoma Park is the only district in the nation to earn this honor at every site.
"Choctaw-Nicoma Park became the fi rst district to ever have all elementary schools earn Model School status, and that includes throughout the nation not just Oklahoma," said Great Expectations Mentor Tom Freeman. "I’m not from the area, but I’m proud of the Choctaw- Nicoma Park school district. Earning the Model School designation is not easy. It really speaks for the leadership and administration within the district to be able to achieve such a feat."
The principals, faculty and staff of these six schools have worked diligently to accomplish this impressive goal.
"We are very proud of our schools. Our board set a goal 15 years ago to embrace the Great Expectations philosophy, and now all six of our sites have earned the highest honor in that system," said CNP Superintendent Dr. Jim McCharen.
Once earning the Model School status this title is not guaranteed each year. Regular and detailed reviews of schools and staff are a part of the Great Expectations Program, and evaluations determine a school’s rank within the program each year.
This year Westfall and IME received recognition as Great Expectations Model Schools for the tenth consecutive year. NPE secured a second consecutive year, while NPI, JGI and CE all made Model School for the first time.
The Great Expectations Program, founded in 1991, is a scientifi cally- based research educational reform model that is bringing major change and innovation to PK-12 public and private school classrooms.
The program represents an approach to learning meant to empower teachers to expect and to get the best from students, while rekindling the excitement of discovery among both students and teachers, and push everyone involved to greater heights of achievement.
The basic principles of the program are: high expectations for students, a learning climate based on mutual respect between student and teacher, student self-esteem, a belief that all students can learn, positive teacher attitude, and highly skilled and knowledgeable teachers who inspire and enable students to achieve success.
Harvard and the University of Oklahoma are both currently researching and collecting data on the growing success rates of Great Expectations schools.
Posted on Tue, May 14, 2013
by Greg Boyles