Nine Oklahoma City Public School District elementary sites have achieved the prestigious honor of being named a Great Expectations Model School. The recognition takes dedication from school principals, faculty, and staff to accomplish the distinction, district officials said.
These schools are a showcase for the rewarding benefits that Great Expectations provides students, faculty, staff, parents and the community, and they will be visited by other schools/districts that want to follow in their footsteps.
The nine Great Expectations Model Schools in OKCPS are:
Adams Elementary School Quail Creek Elementary School
Cleveland Elementary School Ridgeview Elementary School
Mark Twain Elementary School Sequoyah Elementary School
Monroe Elementary School Van Buren Elementary School
Nichols Hills Elementary School
“These schools are truly shining stars in the community, state, and nation. They are to be highly commended for their efforts. We are overjoyed to add them to our list of ‘Showcase Schools’,” said Dr. Linda Dzialo, President and CEO of Great Expectations.
The Great Expectations Program, founded in 1991, is a scientifically-based research educational reform model that is bringing major change and innovation to PK-12 public and private school classrooms in Oklahoma.
The program represents an approach to learning that empowers teachers to expect and to get the best from students; it rekindles the excitement of discovery among both students and teachers, and it pushes everyone involved to greater heights of achievement.
The basic principles of the program are: high expectations for students, a learning climate based on mutual respect between student and teacher, student self-esteem, a belief that all students can learn, positive teacher attitude, and highly skilled and knowledgeable teachers who inspire and enable students to achieve success.
“Elementary schools across the Oklahoma City Public School District are implementing the Great Expectations model, said Angee Allen, Monroe Elementary School Principal. “I am proud of the teachers and staff at Monroe Elementary who believe in the model and helped implement it for our students. Their hard work will now be an example for other schools in the district and across the state.”
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