Dr. Paul D. Houston to Present at Evans Newton Incorporated’s Spring 2012 Administrators’ Career and College Readiness Symposium

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Executive Director Emeritus of AASA Presents at Conference to Help Administrators Prepare Students for College and Careers

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I think the best school reform would come if we could figure out how to make students run into school in the morning at the same speed they run out in the afternoon.

Evans Newton Incorporated is proud to announce that Dr. Paul D. Houston, founding partner of the Center of Empowered Leadership, will present at ENI’s Spring 2012 Administrators’ Career and College Readiness Symposium. Dr. Houston is one of several nationally recognized thought leaders who will present.

“I am surprised that a lot of what the media publishes on school transformation lacks supporting evidence as to what it really takes to improve our schools. One of the reasons I am pleased to present at the symposium is because ENI uses an evidence-based holistic approach to school improvement, enabling schools to do more than just tell students what they need to learn and engaging them in the process,” said Dr. Houston.

Dr. Houston hosted the Winter 2012 Common Core State Standards and Transformational Leadership Symposium, which featured presentations by Putnam County Schools, in Tennessee, and Michelle Mansheim, principal of Clifton Elementary School, in Colorado.

Mansheim has made incredible gains in student achievement and teacher growth. In their first year of implementation, 3rd-grade math scores jumped from 49.3% to 72.9% proficient and above, while 5th-grade math soared from 30% to 71.4% proficient and above, after years of struggling to meet state standards.

Dr. Houston stated, “I think the best school reform would come if we could figure out how to make students run into school in the morning at the same speed they run out in the afternoon. That is what motivation is all about.”

In addition to presenting, Dr. Houston will also moderate a panel discussion made up of nationally recognized thought leaders and practitioners, all of whom are presenting at the Administrators’ Career and College Readiness Symposium. Attendees will leave with concrete ideas for implementing systemic change and comprehensive data analyses that lead to increased student learning—keys to success—for school improvement.

The event, for district administrators, will be held at the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, from April 25–27, 2012. For more information or to register, please contact Melissa Myers at 480.290.1035 or email her at mmyers(at)evansnewton(dot)com. You can also register online at http://www.evansnewton.com/symposium.

About Dr. Paul D. Houston
Dr. Houston, author of Giving Wings to Children’s Dreams: Making Our Schools Worthy of Our Children, served as executive director of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) from 1994 to 2008 and, through his extensive U.S. and international speaking engagements, published articles, and media interviews has established himself as one of the leading spokespersons for American public education.

About Clifton Elementary
Located in Clifton, Colorado, Clifton Elementary School has approximately 470 students in grades PK–5. The Schools mission is to lead all students to reach their individual potential by rigorously pursuing and evaluating achievement of high academic and ethical standards in a disciplined, nurturing environment. Learn more at clifton.mesa.k12.co.us/

About Evans Newton Incorporated
Since 1973, the professionals at ENI have worked with schools to improve student achievement, using innovative, customized programs tailored to state objectives and standardized tests. ENI’s TargetTeach® process has been used by schools and districts across the country to create dramatic improvement in student performance while empowering teachers and school leaders through its research-based foundation for sustainable change. The company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. Learn more at: evansnewton.com/turnaround.


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