Last week, several Bartlesville Public School District teachers were attended a Great Expectations methodology training at the Will Rogers Complex. In this training, experienced classroom teachers share basic practices, methods and theories of Great Expectations.
Great Expectations methodology is grounded in six basic tenets: All Children Can Learn, Building Self Esteem, Climate of Mutual Respect, High Expectations, Teacher Attitude and Responsibility, and Teacher Knowledge and Skill. In the four-day training session, participants are immersed in the research-based 17 classroom practices to be an effective teacher. Each of the 17 practices is examined through the lens of developing a “Culture of Respect” and promoting “Academic Excellence.” Classroom management is also anchored in the GE 8 Expectations.
There are 36 life principles, which promote students of character. In the training, participants are provided with a GE manual of instructional materials and a wealth of resources, research and structures to use in his/her own learning environment. GE methodology provides a blue print to be an exemplary educator. With full implementation of Great Expectations methodology, academic performance and attendance go up and discipline referrals go down.
Each teacher attending the training this week, received a $500 registration scholarship. The teachers are also receiving a stipend for attending. Instruction throughout the week was provided by Great Expectations mentor teachers.
Participants included: Morgan Bridgeford and Madison Bell from Hoover Elementary School; Holly Null, Julie Pattison and Laura Salzyn from Jane Phillips Elementary School; Cynthia Boudreaux, Ashleigh Callahan and Jeffrey Cauthen from Ranch Heights Elementary School; Jessica Bolterstein and Lisa Huddleston from Wayside Elementary School; Leslie Wilson and Kristi Gantenbein from Wilson Elementary School; Tamara DeLatte, Lisa Henton, Brandt Jensen and Amanda Wade from Central Middle School; Joanna Childress, Carey Dunlop and Maria Serrano from Madison Middle School; William McQueen, Justin Olinghouse and Tina Steele from the Mid-High; and Jeremy Hanks from Bartlesville High School.