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    Program designed to boost harmony, excitement in schools has positive impact on student attendance, academic performanceby James Neal of the Enid News & EagleENID, Okla. — While students are enjoying their summer break, Enid Public Schools teachers are working to implement a character development program they hope will transform students' experiences in the classroom.Implementing a character development program was one of the tenets of the EPS strategic plan, which was completed an...

  • ELEVATE: Rural Schools Mobilize to Jumpstart Reading -

    ELEVATE: Rural Schools Mobilize to Jumpstart ReadingStaffs Go All In to Make Sweeping ChangesHOLDENVILLE (April 12, 2017)  – In a cramped space behind the stage of Reed Elementary in Holdenville, school secretary Diane McCoy and four students discuss the whys of the letter Y. Her many tasks in the office are on hold while she attends to more important business: boosting kids’ reading skills in a targeted intervention program that has helped propel the school’s report card ...

  • Great Expectations – L.W. Westfall celebrates 14 years as Model School -

    By Ryan Horton of the Choctaw TimesL.W. Westfall Elementary has been named a Great Expectations Model School for the 14th consecutive year. As the entire school gathered for their weekly Friday morning assembly the students and staff at Westfall had a lot to celebrate March 31 as a representative from Great Expectations was in attendance to present the school with the seemingly annual honor.

  • GE In The News – Cuts to education and arts programs have long-term impact -

    By Laura Eastes of the Oklahoma Gazette June 30, 2016Secondary educators make a presentation during Great Expectations at Edmond North High School. (Garett Fisbeck)All signs pointed to an unfortunate ending to Oklahoma’s massive budget woes.Over the past six months, the state has experienced two revenue failures, across-the-board cuts of 7 percent and a fiscal year budget hole of $1.3 billion. Sluggish oil prices and an income tax rate trigger contributed to the budget disaster.Friday, the...

  • Castle Hills Elementary has ‘Great Expectations’ -

    originally published on at Castle Hills Elementary have adopted the eight Great Expectations for living, creating a collaborative and friendly environment for anyone who comes to campus.Castle Hills Elementary Castle Hills Elementary campus culture is one that exudes thoughtfulness, teamwork and consideration. Over the last couple of years, Castle Hills has implemented a national program called Great Expectations, a program created to motivate, inspire and chall...

  • Great Expectations 2018 in Review -

    Thanks for your support during the past year. Here are some of the tremendous accomplishments the Great Expectations team and many outstanding educators across the country attained this past year.Provided 14 GE Institutes in five states- Idaho, Michigan, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.Trained over 1,800 educators in the GE MethodologyProvided Over 440 coaching days by the GE Instructional Coaches at over 150 school sitesGuided 82 schools to achieve the prestigious designation of GE Model Sch...

  • Great Expectations (Sangre Ridge Elementary) -

    Sangre Ridge benefiting from new direction, mutual respect, personal accountabilityas reported by The Stillwater News PressGreat things are expected at Sangre Ridge Elementary now that they are a Great Expectations school. Nearly all of their teachers received fourdays of professional development Great Expectations training this summer to learn the common language and classroom practices that are now used throughout the building.“The training was rejuvenating,” said second- grade tea...

  • Unique culture helps Wilson students excel -

    as reported by the Bartlesville Examiner-EnterpriseThe Board of Education voted to close Oak Park Elementary School on May 5, 2011, after the budget crunch, while more than 100 community members and parents showed up at various meetings to protest the decision.In 2011, the Bartlesville Public School District’s Board of Education made the decision to close Oak Park Elementary School, a small neighborhood school in northwest Bartlesville, and transfer the students to the larger Woodrow Wilso...

  • Great Expectations’ Hosts 2016 Winter Institute in Oklahoma and Texas -

    Great Expectations, a non-profit foundation that provides intensive professional development to teachers and administrators, held the first half of the Winter Institute in Edmond, Okla. and Coppell, Texas this past weekend. The four-day event consists of participants being immersed in the research-based classroom practices to be an effective teacher, which are examined through the lens of developing a culture of respect and promoting academic excellence.

  • West Field takes Great Expectations title for 9th straight year -

      From left, Edmond School Board Member Kathleen Duncan, West Field Principal Lisa Crosslin, Associate Superintendent Ruthie Riggs, Great Expectations Trainer Betty Flurry and Edmond School Board Member Lee Ann Kuhlman. For the ninth year in a row, West Field Elementary achieved the prestigious honor of being named a Great Expectations Model School. The Great Expectations (GE) teaching/training model is guided by six principles and 17 classroom practices that allow students to become produc...

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