The Education Trust presents its 2011-12 Webinar Series: Great Principals Talk about "Getting It Done”
Dominated by low expectations, and lacking the collegiality and collective decision making required for high student achievement, low-performing schools can be demoralized places. So how can school leaders transform these environments into climates and cultures of high expectations and efficacy? Join the education trust on Dec 8th at 4pm to share the experiences of two schools that have made significant improvements.
Two school leaders, Deb Gustafson and Conrad Lopes, will talk with Karin Chenoweth and Christina Theokas about creating a culture and climate of high expectations for all children. This conversation is the second installment in a six-part Ed Trust webinar series.
Deb Gustafson, principal, Ware Elementary School, Fort Riley, Kan. In 2001, Ware Elementary School was one of the first schools in Kansas to be placed “on improvement,” a designation reflecting its serious discipline problems, morale problems, and low achievement. Years later, it was ranked as one of the top schools in the state, a status it continues to maintain. How did this school permeated by low expectations develop and sustain a culture and climate that ensured high achievement? Tune in to hear from the educator who led the change.
Conrad Lopes, former principal, Jack Britt High School, Fayetteville, N.C.; principal, Stratford High School, Goose Creek, S.C. Conrad Lopes is the founding principal of Jack Britt High School, a large, integrated high school in Fayetteville, N.C. One of the top-performing high schools in the state, Jack Britt has only a small gap in achievement between its black and white students. Lopes is now the principal of Stratford High School, which has narrowed its gaps since he became principal.