BPSD participates in Great Expectations Summer Institute

This week, Ranch Heights Elementary School hosted the 2015 Bartlesville Great Expectations Summer Institute. Thirty-seven of Bartlesville’s newest teachers attended the institute. The theme for this year’s four-day workshop is “Pinnacle of Excellence.” Participants are actively engaged in learning classroom management skills including how to create a classroom culture of respect and how to help students set high expectations and work together to solve problems.

Kevin Brown, principal of Ranch Heights, welcomed the GE participants during the Tuesday morning opening assembly and challenged the new members of the BPSD faculty to be “acute observers this week, noting not only ‘how’ to implement a particular strategy but ‘why’ that strategy will help you be successful in the classroom.”

“Implementing Great Expectation strategies in your classroom will help you build a happy, safe and a positive learning environment for your students,” he said.

The institute instructors are active master teachers in their home districts who model Great Expectation practices every day in their classrooms.

Districts represented on this year’s in-state staff include Piedmont, Moore and McAlester. Bridgette Smith, Bartlesville High School English language arts teacher, is interning this summer to become a Great Expectation Institute instructor.

Superintendent Dr. Gary Quin said he was proud that all nine of Bartlesville’s schools have achieved Model Great Expectation School status.

Additionally, the BPSD is the first school district in the nation to become a Model Great Expectations School District.

Quinn observed that, since adopting Great Expectations as a district initiative, the district’s secondary principals were seeing significant changes in student behavior and a more positive school culture. As a result, students are more focused on learning, attendance has gone up and students are setting higher expectations for themselves.

Bartlesville teachers attending the GE training this week include: Lacy Autry, Avery Chambers, Cherisa Neill, Olivia Rosko and Mary Ellen Thomas from Hoover Elementary; Heidi Brewer, Cathy Gardner and Marissa Hobbs from Jane Phillips Elementary; Ellen Strope, Saje Williamson, Robert Wise and Rena Wolltjer from Kane Elementary; Rachel Bragg, Emily Carothers, Angela Harris, Salena Lindesmith and Mary Nelson from Ranch Heights; Rhiannon Guinn, Lisa Hight, Lubka Nakos and Kristine Wyers from Wilson Elementary; Josh Bigby, Jacob Good, Kristin Henton and Alicia Wiggins from Central Middle School; Renee Arnold and Casey Brewer from Madison Middle School; Larri Castoe, Joseph Hanks, Bill McQueen, LeAnn Nickelson, Telithia Russ, Andrea Smith, LaDonna Thompson, Brett Tucouski and Marty Unruh from the high school.

The Great Expectations curriculum includes six basic tenets; eight expectations, seventeen practices and thirty-six life principles. Parents are encouraged to practice Great Expectations skills with their students at home. For those interested in learning more about the Great Expectations program, feel free to visit with any BPSD principal.

Originally published by the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise