NEA Secretary-Treasurer Sees Common Themes in Successful Schools
Tag Becky Pringle, Evansville, Indiana, Jonathan Knapp, Las Vegas, Mary Lindquist, Nevada, No Child Left Behind, Olga Addae, priority schools, school improvement grants, Seattle, Seattle Education Association, sig, Susan Enfield, Washington, Washington Education Association
by Alain Jehlen
On her 2011 back-to-school tour, NEA Secretary-Treasurer Rebecca Pringle went looking for common elements in great schools serving students from low-income families. Two days and four schools into the tour, she says she’s found them:
- A committed, empowered staff, working as a team.
- Parents engaged in a meaningful way.
- Labor and management working together to help children learn.
Pringle told educators at two Seattle elementary schools that she saw these key features in both schools, Hawthorne Elementary and West Seattle Elementary. Both are NEA Priority Schools and both are getting help from federal School Improvement Grants.
At every school she’s visited, Pringle has emphasized that no cookie-cutter approach will work to improve schools. “I talk about Hawthorne all the time,” she said yesterday. “I don’t tell people, ‘Do what Hawthorne did,’ because every school is different. But there are common themes.”
Pringle was joined at Hawthorne by Washington Education Association President Mary Lindquist, Seattle Education Association President Olga Addae, Seattle Education Association Vice President Jonathan Knapp, and Seattle Superintendent Susan Enfield. Hawthorne educators told them about the transformation they have carried out. This year, Hawthorne made “adequate yearly progress” as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Click here to read the complete story on NEAPrioritySchools.org.
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