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Wednesday, January 23 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Practical Steps for Dramatic Results: The Story of US Grant High School
In 2009, US Grant High School had a graduation rate of 50%, earned an API of 0 out of 1500 for several subgroups, and was in Year 4 of school improvement. As a result, US Grant was identified as one of Oklahoma's lowest performing schools and subsequently, was awarded a School Improvement Grant (SIG). Two years later, US Grant is showing a 300% increase in Algebra I proficiency, a 224% increase in Biology I proficiency, and a 52% increase in English II proficiency, and out of the 206 seniors who were not on track to graduate in August, all but 4 met graduation requirements by May. How did US Grant HS do it? They took practical steps and expected dramatic results. This presentation will provide information on the two most effective strategies implemented by US Grant in the past two years: Professional Learning Communities and regular data analysis. Information will be provided on effective implementation, challenges faced, and practical tips for duplication.

Speakers
avatar for Kristi Gray

Kristi Gray

Dr. Kristi Gray is a Transformation Coach at US Grant High School, a successful Turnaround Model School. She has experience in urban, suburban, and rural school districts. Her doctorate is in Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership, and she has presented at numerous state leadership... Read More →
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Jackie Mania

Jackie Mania is an experienced educator who has provided support to Oklahoma’s lowest performing schools and districts in need of improvement for over five years. Jackie is also pursuing a Ph.D., specializing in the role of the district central office in sustained school improv... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am
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