The U.S. Department of Education has chosen to feature the work of George Hall Elementary in a national video as an example to schools on how to successfully be a transformation school.
The video will illustrate how SIG (school improvement grants) and corresponding funds-under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)-encourage school systems throughout the country to implement change through four specific models aimed at turning around chronically low performing schools. The Obama administration's strategy includes: identifying and serving the lowest-achieving Title I schools in each state; supporting only the most rigorous interventions that hold the promise of producing rapid improvements in student achievement and school culture; providing sufficient resources over several years to implement those interventions; and measuring progress in achieving results.
They will highlight the major changes that fall in line with the four tenets of the Transformation option: 1) replacing the principal and taking steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; 2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; 3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and 4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.
George Hall is wonderful. Mrs. Tomlinson, the teachers, the support staff, the paraprofessionals, the nutrition workers, the custodial staff and the substitute teachers are to be commended for diamond level educational services being delivered there. May you have continued successes and recognition because it is deserved and earned! A true bright beacon in education.