Central High School is very excited to have accomplished our goal of being a Progressive School for Great Expectations. We are the first in the United States to accomplish this. It has been a long journey which continues in our goal to become a Model High School for Great Expectations.
Great Expectations is a program that gives a culture to your entire school. Their 17 practices and their Tenets are shared with all teachers and are expressly taught to the students.
It is now very uncommon now to hear students say “Well, Mr. Adams lets us do this” or “What rule?”.
As a bonus, our four year journey has caught the attention of Harvard University. They have visited us twice this year. The first time to see what is going on to have raised our test scores and lower our discipline issues. They did a case study and praised us exuberantly about the rapport between staff and students, staff to staff and students to students.
They are here again this week filming. They are creating a video documentation of effective teaching and establishing a culture of caring in our school. My class was videotaped yesterday while students were doing verb cards.
I just had to share my excitement. I will be training to teach other teachers the Great Expectations way this April and June in Oklahoma. When asked about Great Expectations, I like to say that it has taught me to make connections instead of confrontations.
Congratulations Central High School!