Title

100% Graduation Rate: Our Reality

First Presenter's Institution

Chardon Local Schools

Second Presenter's Institution

Beachwood City Schools

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Westbrook

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

We will explain action steps taken to build and sustain a high school culture where all students participate in a rigorous curriculum and graduate on-time.

Brief Program Description

We will explain action steps taken to build and sustain a high school culture where all students participate in a rigorous curriculum and graduate on-time. The moderators led a highly diverse public high school, consistently graduating every student, and raising the school ranking on several metrics. Participants will review action steps taken, and consider them alongside their own environments.

Summary

Our presentation will explain action steps undertaken to build and sustain a high school culture where all students successfully participate in a rigorous curriculum and graduate on-time. The presenters led a highly diverse public high school, raising the school ranking on state and private ranking systems (the public school is now ranked among the most prestigious in the nation). During the tenure of leadership, the school’s graduation rate was consistently above 99%. The presenters will highlight both reactive and proactive action steps undertaken to provide every student with access to a rigorous curriculum. Capatilizing on their experience leading a high school, the presenters will discuss the importance of building a culture of success with internal stakeholders to maximize the curriculum, as well as active communication with parents to support the efforts of teachers and the involvement of students. The presenters will also detail both the specific and generalized support and interventions available for all students, and suggest ways to work within budgetary and contractual restraints to meet the varied needs of students. The experience of the presenters reflects that there is no silver bullet or magic product to build and sustain the realistic expectation of high achievement for all; rather, building and sustaining that culture is grounded in the relationships that define the school. Participants will review action steps taken, and consider them alongside their own environments.

Evidence

Without revealing any self-identifying information, the evidence is:

  • raised the school ranking on the state report card to 3rd in the state
  • raised the school ranking on private rankings (Washington Post, Newsweek/Daily Beast, US News & World Report)
  • increased participation with AP courses by over 86%, while maintaining average AP exam scores that exceeded state and international averages (this increased participation was realized across sub-group participation as well)
  • raised annual graduation rate to 99%, 100%, 100%, 99% over four years

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Ed Klein, Ph.D.

Dr. Klein is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Chardon Local Schools in Chardon, OH. Prior to this experience, Dr. Klein was the Principal of Beachwood High School in Beachwood, OH for four years. Dr. Klein also served in a variety of administrative roles and as a teacher and coach at Euclid High School in Euclid, OH for twelve years. While he was the Principal of Beachwood High School, Dr. Klein led efforts to build and sustain a culture of high achievement for all students, consistently graduating every student, raising the school's standing on state and private rankings, and dramatically increasing participation in AP classes by over 86% while maintaining average scores that exceeded state and international averages.

Ryan Patti

Mr. Patti has served as the Assistant Principal at Beachwood High School in Beachwood, OH for the past four years. Prior to this experience, Mr. Patti served in a variety of administrative roles and was a Math teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Patti has extensive experience working with students, families, and teachers to create and implement systemic interventions in order to support high achievement.

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-7-2017 2:45 PM

End Date

3-7-2017 4:00 PM

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100% Graduation Rate: Our Reality

Westbrook

We will explain action steps taken to build and sustain a high school culture where all students participate in a rigorous curriculum and graduate on-time. The moderators led a highly diverse public high school, consistently graduating every student, and raising the school ranking on several metrics. Participants will review action steps taken, and consider them alongside their own environments.