Edmond's Centennial Elementary named model school

by NewsOK 

EDMOND — Centennial Elementary School has been named a Great Expectations Model School, becoming the seventh Edmond school to achieve the designation.

The Great Expectations teaching and training model is guided by six basic principles and 17 classroom practices that allow students to become self-directed learners, productive citizens, critical thinkers and contributors in the classroom as well as in society, according to a news release.

“The Centennial faculty, staff, administration and students take great pride in reaching this goal,” principal Jessele Miller said. “Everyone worked diligently over a two-year period, implementing and practicing the components that make Great Expectations such a worthwhile endeavor.”

The Great Expectations Program is an educational reform model based on scientific research that combines the best practices of instruction and character development by merging a culture of respect with academic excellence. The program helps children develop the social skills and character traits that nurture their hearts, while the classroom practices used by teachers build their brains.

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, according to the news release.