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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Superintendent Gesch Among 39 in State Selected to Future Ready Superintendents Leadership Institute
TASA’s Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Institute is designed to create a cadre of superintendents who will help develop and initiate innovative, systemic changes, both locally and statewide, that support the mission of the Public Education Visioning Institute and the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium.
The Future-Ready superintendents and senior-level district administrators in the early stages of their careers will work together in the spirit of student-centered learning. The design of the institute is modeled after elements of project-based learning, action research, the flipped classroom and design thinking.
New Vision for Public Education in Texas
Monday, October 15, 2012
Dr. Dawn Marie Baletka, Director of
Grant Services, and Superintendent
Rory Gesch at The White House
Sunday, Oct. 14 attending a reception
for "Together for Tomorrow School
The "Together for Tomorrow School Improvement Challenge" (TFT) invites schools, national service programs, higher education institutions, and community-based organizations to work together to facilitate school improvement. The USDE and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recognized 31 organizations from across the nation as "Together for Tomorrow Champions" for the 2012-2013 school year. Navasota ISD was the only organization in Texas to be recognized.
"School improvement should be about more than just schools. It has to be about the whole community," Gesch said, "and the RSVP program, like all of the initiatives recognized as 'Together for Tomorrow School Improvement Champions', is about making meaningful connections among people to improve a community's quality of life and, in our case, to improve the learning experiences of our kids as well."
The RSVP program is based on the positive youth development program, Raising Healthy Children. The program is a K-12 initiative that promotes protective factors and reduces risk factors as it delivers both intensive professional development to all staff and workshops, training, and resources to parents. The goal is to increase commitment and bonding of students to the local schools in an effort to decrease discipline referrals and increase attendance, academic achievement, and post secondary education.
The RHC approach is grounded in a 30-year longitudinal research study that has identified predictors of positive student outcomes including academic achievement and commitment to school. To address these issues, family support and parenting workshops are offered using three family programs - Guiding Good Choices, Supporting School Success, and Raising Healthy Children. Workshops are offered throughout the school year for parents of students and anyone else who is responsible for raising a child who attends district schools. In addition to parental support initiatives, full-time, on-campus program coaches provide support to school staff developing and strengthening skills in the areas of classroom management, instruction, cooperative learning, and student motivation. The program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Navasota ISD Board of Trustees Secretary Marilyn Bettes recently sat down with former Texas Workforce Commissioner Tom Pauken for a discussion about vocational education in Texas high schools. Pauken served as commissioner from 2008-2012. He is currently serving as Commissioner Representing Employers for the Texas Workforce Commission.