From left to right: Kristin Shelby, Joe Williams and Dr. Linda Dzialo
Dozens of schools from across Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas were recognized as “model schools” during a celebration sponsored by the Great Expectations professional school transformation program at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Great Expectations has trained over 38,000 teachers since it was founded in 1991. It’s estimated that 200,000 children are taught using the program’s methodology, which stresses a learning climate based on mutual respect between student and teacher, improved student self-esteem and a belief that all students can learn. Key components include a positive attitude by educators, empowering them to inspire and enable students to achieve success.
Representatives from 85 schools were present for the celebration, which included remarks from Kristin Shelby, the current Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. Each school received a flag to fly at their site, and a plaque noting its designation as a “model school.”
Earning this status is not easy. At least 90 percent of the school’s faculty must undergo training at a Great Expectations summer institute, then all of those teachers must implement the program’s key practices in the classroom. Schools must prepare an implementation plan for becoming a model school, then faculty must be observed at work by trained GE experts.
Even with the stringent requirements, implementation of the program’s methodology is growing in the region. This year’s list of 85 is up from 71 schools a year ago.
“Our program represents an approach to learning that empowers teachers to expect and to get the best from students.” said Dr. Linda Dzialo, president and CEO of Great Expectations. “It rekindles the excitement of discovery among students and teachers, and it pushes everyone involved to greater achievement. Current research validates that with full implementation of Great Expectations, academic performance and attendance increase, while discipline referrals dramatically decrease.”
The Oklahoma City Public Schools is among those adopting Great Expectations. The program has been implemented at 55 of its elementary schools – and nine of them have achieved model school status.
“The results are amazing,” said Superintendent Karl Springer. “We have increased language and math scores and seen a significant decrease in long-term suspensions. I believe that careful implementation of Great Expectations will have a significant impact on our school system.”
GE Model Schools
District School Principal
Altus Washington Elementary Renee Long
Ardmore Lincoln Elementary Ellen Patty
Ardmore Will Rogers Elementary Cynthia Hunter
Bartlesville Woodrow Wilson Tammie Krause
Bartlesville Jane Phillips Sandra Kent
Broken Arrow Country Lane Intermediate Sue Katterhenry
Broken Arrow Country Lane PK-2 Jamie Milligan
Broken Arrow Arrowhead Elementary Courtney Elias
Broken Arrow Liberty Elementary Karyne Gates
Cache Middle School Debbie Hoffman
Cache Primary Jean Langley
Cashion Elementary Lisa Crosslin
Chickasha Bill Wallace Elementary Thomas Jeffries
Chickasha Grand Avenue Elementary Kathy Wenzel
Chickasha Lincoln Elementary Debra Warden
Chickasha Southwest Elementary Tressia Meeks
Choctaw Indian Meridian Elementary Karri Doughty
Choctaw LW Westfall Elementary Brenda Stanley
Choctaw Nicoma Park Elementary Dorothy Shetley
Claremore Roosa Elementary Glen Abshere
Coweta Heritage IGC Carolyn Rowe
Coweta Mission IGC Tim Brandt
Deer Creek Grove Valley Elementary Debbie Straughn
Edmond Washington Irving Elementary Robert Evans
Edmond West Field Elementary Cara Jernigan
El Reno Rose Witcher Julie Huber
El Reno Roblyer Middle School  Jason Pennington
El Reno Webster Elementary Mendy Klepper
El Reno  Hillcrest Elementary Jenifer Posey
Enid Hayes Elementary Jane Johnson
Grove Elementary Sheryl Payne
Healdton Elementary Jason Midkiff
Holdenville Ethel Reed Elementary Angela Streater
Hydro-Eakly Elementary Paula Horn
Idabel Southeast Connie Lynch
Kansas Chetopa Elementary Kelly Nading
Lawton MacArthur MS Mark Mattingly
Lawton Whittier Elementary Brenda Hatch
Lawton Woodland Hills Elementary Cheryl Scammahorn
Lone Grove Intermediate Meri Jayne Miller
Lone Grove Primary Tonya Finnerty
Mid-Del Highland Park Elementary Donna Cloud
Museum Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Leah Mulkey
Mustang Centennial Elementary Neil Womack
Mustang Creek Elementary Meggan Wilson
Mustang Lakehoma Elementary Shawna Carter
Mustang Trails Elementary Sondra Bivens
North Rock Creek Elementary Denise Sims
Oklahoma City Nichols Hills Elementary Carol Berry
Oklahoma City Mark Twain Elementary Sandy Phillips
Oklahoma City Adams Elementary Dot Violett
Oklahoma City Cleveland Elementary Marsha Stafford
Oklahoma City Monroe Elementary Angee Allen
Oklahoma City Quail Creek Elementary Jan Matthews
Oklahoma City Ridgeview Elementary Natalie Johnson
Oklahoma City Sequoyah Elementary Montie Koehn
Oklahoma City Van Buren Elementary Veleasha Stewart
Owasso Barnes Elementary David Riggs
Owasso Mills Elementary Brenda Casey
Owasso Bailey Elementary Ashley Hearn
Pauls Valley Jackson Elementary Mitzi Winters
Pauls Valley Jefferson Early Learning Center Jeanie Menefee
Pioneer  Elementary Jay Edelen
Plainview Intermediate Juile Altom
Plainview  Primary Lisa Moore
Ponca City Roosevelt Elementary Ronda Merrifield
Private Ponca City Christian Academy Sheryl Murray
Private Oak Hall Episcopal School Laura Gallagher
Putnam City James L. Dennis Elementary Ashely Hoggatt
Sand Springs Limestone Technology Academy Kristin Arnold
Sapulpa Freedom Elementary Nancy Turlington
Sapulpa Holmes Park Elementary Bobby Alfred
Stillwater Richmond Elementary Darren Nelson
Stratford Elementary Kathie Carter
Tahlequah Cherokee Elementary Lacie Davenport
Tahlequah Greenwood Elementary Susan VanZant
Tahlequah Sequoyah Elementary Marissa McCoy
Texas Spring Northgate Crossing Elem Debbie McIver
Texas Hill School of Grapevine Kathy Edwards
Texas Spring McNabb Elementary Pam Dettwiler
Turner Elementary Jamie Roberts
Wetumka Elementary Amy Kent
Wilson Elementary Denise Brunk
Yukon Central Elementary Robin Russell
Yukon Skyview Elementary Carla Smith