Educators in Oklahoma City Create Plan for Great Expectations

Training reignites passion for teaching, improves student achievement and behavior
 A Career Focused on Great Expectations
Looking back, Carol Berry, interim principal at Kaiser Elementary School in Oklahoma City, believes Great Expectations changed her life. A competitive person by nature, Berry has always tried to go above and beyond requirements. Berry thinks she sets the bar high, but Great Expectations sets it even higher.

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Texas District Creates a Common ‘Language’ with Great Expectations

Northgate Crossing Elementary community rallies around methodology that builds positive atmosphere
Northgate Crossing Elementary School opened in 2008 in Spring, Texas, with more than 700 students. It was the 29th elementary school in the district, but Northgate stood out for all the right reasons in the community and state after its first year.
Amy Elkins was fresh out of college when she began at Northgate Crossing Elementary School as a third grade teacher. When the principal told her they we…

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Case Study – OKCPS Andrew Johnson Elementary

During Margaret Simpson’s first year as the principal at Johnson Elementary, she gathered a leadership team of educators to sit down and discuss how the school was going to change. The team created a three-year plan that included becoming a Great Expectations Model School. The first step was for staff members to attend a Great Expectations methodology course in order to be trained in the best practices and classroom principals.

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Great Expectations and Tomball, Texas – A Powerful Partnership!

“Great Expectations has been the most rewarding and transformational program I have experienced in my 20-year career.  However, it is so much more than just a “program” as the 8 Expectations for Living and GE Life Principles impact our stakeholders while on campus and extend beyond the walls of our building.

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GE – Both Character and Academics

Great Expectations has created a collective sense of thought and purpose throughout our campus. Staff members have been pleased with the consistency of the implementation of instruction and procedures campus wide. The benefits of having the Eight Expectations, as well as the Seventeen Instructional Practices are increased understanding and the unification of goals.

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Simple Classroom Tenets Renew Passion for Teaching

Educator implements new practices and outlook, applies Great Expectations principles throughout her career
Feeling Burned-Out
After nine years in the classroom, Montie Koehn, a teacher at Nichol’s Hills Elementary, located within the Oklahoma City Public School District (OKCPS), experienced the feeling educators hope to avoid: burn-out. She was so overwhelmed and unhappy that, at one point, she said she would rather flip burgers or greet at Walmart than teach.
Reigniting the Fire
Seeing her un…

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Principal Sees Increased Positive Behavior After Deploying Great Expectations

As a first-year elementary educator at Claremore Public Schools in Oklahoma, Ryan Huff decided to attend a week-long Great Expectations Summer Institute in Tulsa with a few of his colleagues. He absolutely loved it. When Huff brought the research-based practices into his classroom to create a nurturing atmosphere, students began showing respect and modeling the desired attitudes.

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Failure Is Not an Option with Great Expectations at Michigan High School

Sitting near the base of Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron in Michigan, Bay City Public Schools comprises nine campuses and 8,000 students. One of the two high schools in the area, Bay City Central High School, had an ISD curriculum coordinator named Molly Bruzewski who suggested a professional development training called Great Expectations, which she had used in her previous position in Oklahoma City.   

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Students in Non-Traditional School Setting Thrive with Great Expectations

As the principal of a service-provider school, Ron-Marie Johnson works with students of diverse learning backgrounds. Victory Place @ Coppell offers an accelerated high school program as well as a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program. With a wide variety of needs among students, Ron-Marie and her staff wanted to set a standard of behavioral and academic expectations that would allow all students to grow and take ownership of their education.

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