‘Great Expectations’ Offers Key Takeaways from 2016 Winter Institute

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Non-profit foundation shares best practices for encouraging academic excellence and personal success

Kyle Wanzer and Debra Harris, teachers from Oklahoma City Public Schools Coolidge Elementary School, participate in a class activity at the Great Expectations Institute.

Even after 32 years of teaching, attending the GE Winter Institute opened my eyes and mind to a new way of logically dealing with structure and procedures for my classroom.

In the community of a classroom, educators play a significant role in both the academic and personal success of their students. Attending to the educational and social growth of students is challenging without proper training. As such, professional development programs are most effective when they offer tools to better the way students learn and live. Over the past weekend, Oklahoma educators participated in Great Expectations’ Winter Institute, where they learned practical strategies to help them fulfill that crucial role.

Great Expectations, a non-profit professional development organization, provides training in classroom practices and life principles to renew a teacher’s focus, effectiveness and enthusiasm for education. “The Great Expectations Institute has provided our team with a research-based framework for becoming a school district focused on a positive school culture, centered on student learning,” said Chris Bryan, superintendent of Justice Public Schools.

With the completion of its four-day Winter Institute, Great Expectations shares how educators can foster a climate of mutual respect and academic excellence at their schools. Experts from Great Expectations highlighted three takeaways for teachers that attended the institute:

  • Stay updated on the latest educational research. Best practices for education are constantly evolving. Great Expectations methodology is research-based and has been scientifically proven to positively impact instructional strategies.
  • Fully integrate the Great Expectations methodology into your instruction. With consistent implementation of the 17 classroom practices, discipline referrals and suspensions decrease while academic performance and attendance rates increase.
  • Model the behaviors you wish to see in your students. Positive change in a classroom or school comes when the educator and students work together. The 36 Life Principles taught during the institute help shape classroom behavior.

“Even after 32 years of teaching, attending the GE Winter Institute opened my eyes and mind to a new way of logically dealing with structure and procedures for my classroom,” said Joe Norton, educator from OKCPS Rockwood Elementary School, “I can’t wait to begin using this powerful information in my classroom.”

More than 52,000 educators in seven states have been trained in Great Expectations methodology.

For more information about Great Expectations visit, http://www.greatexpectations.org/

About Great Expectations
Great Expectations is a school transformation model that emphasizes a climate of mutual respect and academic excellence. Founded in 1991, the non-profit foundation provides intensive professional training to teachers and administrators that promote improved student self-esteem, attendance, discipline and parent participation – all of which result in improved student achievement. Great Expectations has a presence throughout Oklahoma and seven other states. For more information, visit http://www.greatexpectations.org.

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