Dr. Paul D. Houston to Present at Evans Newton Incorporated’s Tennessee Regional Symposium Focused on Transitioning to the Common Core

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Executive Director Emeritus of American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Presents at Conference to Help Administrators Implement the Common Core State Standards

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I am surprised that much of what the media publishes on school transformation lacks supporting evidence as to what it really takes to improve our schools.

Evans Newton Incorporated is proud to announce that Dr. Paul D. Houston, founding partner of the Center of Empowered Leadership and Executive Director Emeritus of AASA, will present at ENI’s Tennessee Regional Symposium on Transitioning to the Common Core. The complementary event at the Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport will be held on March 21, 2012. Speakers will include Putnam County Schools’ Interim Director of Schools, Jerry Boyd; Data and Accountability Supervisor, Denette Kolbe; and 5 – 8 Math Instructional Coach, Virginia Mayfield.

“I am surprised that much 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 Tennessee Regional 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.

Clifton 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 scores 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 Tennessee Regional Symposium. Attendees will leave with concrete ideas for implementing systemic change and comprehensive data analyses that lead to increased student learning—keys to success—while transitioning to the common core.

The event for district administrators will be held at the Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport, in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 21, 2012. Additional presentations include the ENI Way, by Elizabeth Menchaca, VP of Academic Services; and Transitioning to the Common Core, by Cheryl Tibbals, Senior Advisor, Product Development and Implementation. For more information or to register, please contact Melissa Myers by phone at 480.290.1035 or by email at mmyers(at)evansnewton(dot)com. You can also register online at http://www.evansnewton.com.

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 AASA from 1994 to 2008 and, through his extensive US and international-speaking engagements, published articles, and media interviews, has established himself as one of the leading spokespersons for American public education.

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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