BPSD named only Great Expectations Model District in US

By Nathan Thompson of the Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise
 
The Bartlesville Public School District has been named a Great Expectations Model District for the third consecutive year, officials announced on Monday — the only school district in the United States to hold that title.
 
Dr. Linda Dzialo, President/CEO of Great Expectations, made the announcement at Monday’s BPSD Board of Education meeting held at the Education Service Center.
 
“Bartlesville Public Schools is the only school district in the United States of America that is a Great Expectations model District,” Dzialo said. “That means that all of your schools — high school, middle, elementary — every school is a model.”
 
To become a Model District, Dzialo said, representatives from Great Expectations tour each school site on an unannounced day and examine the culture of the school and how GE practices and principles were being incorporated.
 
According to Dzialo, to become a Model School, 90 percent or more of teachers must be implementing all of the GE practices in the classroom on a daily basis. Each BPSD school site met the criteria outlined by GE.
 
“It is a a very, very high standard, and very stringent — and very difficult to do. Every single school in your district has obtained that,” Dzialo said. “I credit that to (BPSD Superintendent) Dr. (Gary) Quinn’s leadership. Long before that first school was named, he had a vision of where he wanted to take your schools.”
 
Dzialo also credited all district administrators and principals for making BPSD a place where other school districts across the nation can learn from.
 
During the 2012-13 school year, the BPSD became the first school district in the nation to be named a GE Model District. The district was also named a GE Model District for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.
 
According to Quinn, the vision to become a Model District was created by the BPSD Board of Education and BPSD administrators, working with local school advocate Ginger Griffin and others. The goal was outlined in the 2017 Strategic Plan, “GPS 2017.”
 
“We are very proud to be recognized as a GE Model District for the third consecutive year, and it would not have happened without the great teachers and principals we have in the district, as well as the community leadership and support we get from the GE organization,” Quinn said.
 
Great Expectations is set with goals of motivating, inspiring and challenging individuals to achieve excellence in learning and living, Dzialo said. To become a Model School, the climate in schools is set through following six basic tenets, having eight expectations and 17 research-based practices for teachers. Additionally, several life skills are learned in the classroom and posted throughout the Bartlesville community.
 
Quinn said the BPSD will continue to work hard to uphold the expectations that are associated with being a Model District. As part of being a Model District, schools from around the state will travel to Bartlesville to discover what a GE Model School looks like.