Great Expectations Turns Skeptics into Believers

Assistant principal applies Great Expectations to relate to students, fellow teachers
Lifelong Experience
Kristin Falcon, assistant principal at Anderson Elementary School in Spring Independent School District, engages Great Expectations in her leadership every day. Although her current school doesn’t yet widely utilize use the practices…

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Chrissy Willard, Principal Claremore Roosa ES

Great Expectations has helped our staff maintain our focus on our “why” during such a challenging time in our state. No matter what challenges come our way in education, we are all here to transform students’ lives through education. GE provides the tools and supports needed for teachers to reach all children and create a sage and loving environment where students feel confidents, successful, and focused.

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Emphasis on Respect Nurtures Positive Classrooms

Educator changes classroom culture, introduces others to the power of Great Expectations
Seeing the Need
As a high school teacher in the Sapulpa School District located near Tulsa, Oklahoma, Molly Bruzewski found herself addressing the same struggles with the same students on a daily basis. Despite efforts to correct the behavior, Bruzewski did not see the results she wanted. So she took the recommendation from her principal to attend an educator training session from Great Expectations.
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Oklahoma City Public Schools Establish Consistency With Great Expectations

Reform committee identifies Great Expectations as common denominator of high-performing schools
Nondescript PD
As an elementary school teacher in the Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKC), Pat Watson-Hunt received her share of school-sanctioned professional development training. After a few years, Watson-Hunt eventually took a position at a different OKC school, and it was a school that had embraced Great Expectations for its teacher training.
 
The GE Difference
Watson-Hunt experienced her …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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