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High poverty. High performing. These are two phrases that describe Hattie Watts Elementary today — but it wasn’t always that way. When I became assista

Terri Goldson‘s insight:

As an administrator of a diverse school where nearly 75% of the students receive free or reduced priced lunch, I can relate to Principal Fryou with regards to the challenges and joy of working in a high poverty school.  I have implemented many of the key elements she addresses in her article and our data reveals that we have made significant gains to close the achievement gap and as a result, our school is the highest performing school in the district. Although we are proud of the gains we have made, we have much more progress to make on our journey towards excellence.  My hope is that our progress and momentum for change is not ephemeral by the unfunded mandates of the Common Core Curriculum, SBACtesting, teacher evaluation process and a shrinking school and city budget. Only time will tell.

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Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the historic United States Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Twenty years after Brown, the Supreme Court essentially abandoned its commitment to school desegregation by limiting its review to intentional cases of segregation. Thus, states were under no obligation to fight segregation; but rather only ensure they did not set out to segregate schools. As a result of this lax oversight, schools today are more segregated than they were 30 years ago.

Wendy Lecker wrote this article that appears in the Stamford Advocate, to read the full story check it out right here: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/default/article/Wendy-Lecker-out her-repeatedly-uphold-the-right-4601396.php

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Connecticut Education Information
May 28, 2013 By Jonathan Pelto

Last Friday, Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education quietly ended what has widely been recognized as one of the State Department of Education’s most important and successful programs.
For years, a variety of Connecticut school districts have been receiving vital technical assistance from a group of retired superintendents and senior school administrators through a program housed at the State Department of Education.

The program has functioned thanks to a grant through EASTCONN, the Regional Education Service Center. The program has funded four State Department “Leaders in Residence,” along with three retired school superintendents. Together these people have been giving school districts across the state with critically important help on a wide variety of projects.

Together, former superintendents Mike Wasta (Bristol), Patrick Proctor (Windham), Jim Mitchel (Groton) and Leaders in Residence, Rosanne Daigneault, Warren Logee, Robert Pitocco and Salvatore Randazzo have more than 250 years of combined expertise on the cutting edge of making schools succeed. Their expertise ranges from Special Education, to improving teaching to financial management. Some have Ph.Ds. while others have Education Doctorates. All have spent their lives here in Connecticut helping improve our schools.

And now, as a result of Pryor’s most recent decision, towns will be losing the very help and expertise they so desperately need.

For the full story click on the link below:
http://jonathanpelto.com/2013/05/28/news-flash-school-districts-thrown-under-the-bus-as-commissioner-pryor-ends-successful-technical-services-program/

PrintMany of us watch or have participated in sports; they are entertaining, fun, exhilarating, competitive and challenging. If you have ever experienced coaching, there is nothing more exciting than seeing your team execute a play in a game situation, exactly as you have diagramed it or practiced over and over again. As a member of a team, there is nothing like working together to win a hard fought competition. Sports are analogous to life; all of us have experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. But lack of persistence and the decision to give up after a defeat, is what separates winners and losers in life. In our day to day struggles we can’t win everything, but we sure can try. Orison Marden tells us that there are the wills, won’ts, and the can’ts. The first accomplish everything, the second oppose everything; the third fail everything. Which one are you….are you a “Game Changer?”

There are moments in competitive sports when the game is tight, seconds are ticking away and the final outcome depends on a decision that can change the course of the game. It could be a specially designed play, an extraordinary performance or a poor decision. Regardless of who or what it is, it’s considered a game changing situation.

God has given us extraordinary talents with the ability to achieve miraculous and unbelievable accomplishments. He is an example and the embodiment of the ultimate game changer and has left us, within His lessons, the blueprint for success. In our daily lives we can change our circumstances and influence others. Author Dennis Kimbro tells us that the world waits and takes notice of exceptional people who can separate themselves from the crowd and do things in a creative and exciting way. The world is searching for and craves aggressive and progressive leaders that identify with success and can show others how to attain it. Those successful leaders that I speak of are “Game Changers.”
Success glassTo be a game changer there are a number of qualities you must possess but one of them is persistence. Calvin Coolidge once said;

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unregarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Are you a……”Game Changer?”
You are a…….”Game Changer!”

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Terri D. Goldson, Sr.

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My mother and grandmother told me that just a touch of a particular spice or flavoring can change the taste and texture of a food. They reminded me that good food can change the atmosphere, your attitude, and it can create a feeling of joy. They encouraged me to light up the world.

At a wedding they ran out of wine, Jesus touched the water and it changed to wine…. the party continued.

At a time in need, Jesus shared a meal, fed the multitudes, changed the atmosphere and changed lives.

My chiropractor was explaining how he could make a simple adjustment or manipulation and touch the spine to alleviate pain. He stated that it is amazing how it can help a person walk or move better in a matter of minutes. He helped me believe that any man can have the ability to heal a person in many different ways.

Jesus healed the sick, blind, lepers and the broken; all it took was a touch.

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My father and coach told me that all it takes is a positive attitude and a touch of determination to help change the momentum of a game from seemingly insurmountable odds. Just believe in yourself and trust in your ability. They told me to apply it to all situations with consistency.

Against all odds, David slew the giant Goliath and all it took was faith and one stone to change the destiny of a nation.

We all have the ability to change a situation with a touch of kindness and a sprinkle of love. A simple smile can light up a room, a hug and kiss can warm the soul, or a kind word can change a mood and heal a broken heart. Words of encouragement and prayers of hope and faith have the ability to create miracles.   It doesn’t take much to change things, just faith the size of a mustard seed and the willingness to reach out.

We all can make a difference!

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Elder Terri D. Goldson, Sr.

By Jonathan Capehart,  The Washington Post

All of this is an investment in the future of this country and striving generations to come.

Read excerpt below.

President Obama went to Georgia to push his State of the Union proposal to work with the states “to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America.” He cited a statistic from the National Institute for Early Education Research that “fewer than three in 10” 4-year-olds are enrolled in this vital early education program. Just how vital was summed up in three charts from the White House.

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One of them I showed you yesterday. At-risk children who don’t go to preschool are 25 percent more likely to drop out of school, 60 percent more likely not to attend college and 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime. As one Alabama business leader said in a New York Times story today, “The evidence is, if we don’t make this investment and we don’t make it wisely, we’re going to pay for it later.”

Click here Obama’s plan: Into preschool, out of poverty  for the full story.

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