Northgate Elementary School demonstrates outstanding educational character initiatives
NORMAN, okla. (Feb. 25, 2015) – Awarded for creating programs that yield positive student character, Northgate Elementary School in Spring, Texas, has been recognized as a Texas School of Character. Presented by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) and in partnership with the Character Education Partnership (CEP), the award recognizes PK-8 schools and districts that demonstrate outstanding character education initiatives resulting in positive student behavior, school climate and academic performance.
Northgate Elementary School’s application for this recognition was based upon its implementation of Great Expectations®, a school transformation model that emphasizes a school “Culture of Respect” and “Academic Achievement.” Applicants selected as Texas Schools of Character hold their designation for three years, and their applications are forwarded to the national level for consideration as a National School of Character.
“We congratulate the students, staff and parents of Northgate Elementary for receiving this honor and, more importantly, successfully nurturing a positive school climate,” said Linda Dzialo, Ph.D, president and CEO of Great Expectations. “As a Model School, Northgate Elementary exemplifies the mission and values of Great Expectations.”
Northgate Elementary School is also a Great Expectations Model School. To be named a Model School, over 90 percent of the teachers must successfully implement all of the program’s classroom practices. The school’s principal must also model the classroom practices, and the school needs to serve as a standard from which other administrators and educators can learn.
The Great Expectations educator-training model is guided by six basic tenets and 17 classroom practices. The tenets and practices provide guidelines for program training and implementation and they serve as standards for evaluating Great Expectations schools. The basic tenets include: High expectations, teacher attitude and responsibility, building self-esteem, all children can learn, climate of mutual respect and teacher knowledge and skill.
About Great Expectations
Great Expectations is a school transformation model that emphasizes a climate of mutual respect and academic excellence. Founded in 1991, the non-profit foundation provides intensive professional training to teachers and administrators that promote improved student self-esteem, attendance, discipline and parent participation – all of which result in improved student achievement. Great Expectations has a presence throughout Oklahoma and seven other states. For more information, visit http://greatexpectations.org.