Transforming an Educator and a Student

From a teacher to instructor for a whole district, Diana Saylak’s life was changed the first day of Great Expectations training.
First Impression
About 20 miles outside of downtown Dallas, Texas stands Coppell, a landlocked city of 40,000 people. Diana Saylak calls Coppell home and where she began renewing her passion to teach.
During the summer of 2006, Saylak took a position with a new elementary school.

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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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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.
Mak…

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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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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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Creating a Culture of Learning, Growth and Life Skills

Principal builds a new school from the ground up with the help of Great Expectations
 
Laying the Foundation
Hired as principal before Bailey Middle School was even built, Veronica Vijil began at the ground level. You can even find her handprint in the concrete floor of the gym-area boys’ restroom at the Spring, Texas school. As Vijil began establishing a culture within the school, a main question was how their professional development would be carried out.
After talking with a colleague…

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GE Impacts Student Learning

National Board Certification is absolutely the most rigorous professional development I have ever gone through. The process mandates a deep level of reflectiveness and analyzing of lesson design. At the heart of everything throughout the process is the question, “How does this impact student learning?” As I attended Great Expectations for the second time in my career, I realized everything about Great Expectations truly IMPACTS student learning.

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