NORMAN — Great Expectations, a non-profit foundation that provides intensive professional development to teachers and administrators, announces four Edmond Public Schools have earned the organization’s highest distinction: Model School. Based on Great Expectations theory implementation, there are three categories of recognition, including Transitional School, Progressive School and Model School.
To be named a Great Expectations Model School, over 90 percent of the teachers must successfully implement all of the classroom practices. The school’s principal must also model the classroom practices and the school needs to serve as a standard that other administrators and educators can visit and learn from.
Great Expectations honors these four Edmond Public Schools as Model Schools: Frontier Elementary, John Ross Elementary, Washington Irving Elementary and West Field Elementary.
“We strive to transform teachers’ lives and remind them why they began this profession in the first place,” said Linda Dzialo, Ph.D., president and CEO of Great Expectations. “The Model Schools achieve the greatest excellence and create supportive, nurturing environments. Put simply, these schools lead by example.”
The Great Expectations training model is guided by six basic tenets and 17 classroom practices. The tenets and practices provide guidelines for program training and implementation and they serve as standards for evaluating Great Expectations schools.
The basic tenets include: High expectations, teacher attitude and responsibility, building self-esteem, all children can learn, climate of mutual respect and teacher knowledge and skill.
Great Expectations is a school transformation model that emphasizes a climate of mutual respect and academic excellence. Founded in 1991, the non-profit foundation provides intensive professional training to teachers and administrators that promote improved student self-esteem, attendance, discipline and parent participation — all of which result in improved student achievement. Great Expectations has a presence throughout Oklahoma and seven other states. For more information, visit www.greatexpectations.org.
Posted on Tue, August 5, 2014
by Greg Boyles