Title

From Hope to Certainty

First Presenter's Institution

Hyde Park Elementary

Second Presenter's Institution

N/A

Third Presenter's Institution

N/A

Fourth Presenter's Institution

N/A

Fifth Presenter's Institution

N/A

Location

Harborside East & West

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Strand #2

Family & Community

Relevance

In order to be certain Academic Achievement will increase in Title I schools, the school leader must work collaboratively with families and the community to ensure benchmarks, curriculum, and instruction are aligned with Florida Standards.

Brief Program Description

This presentation is for the Reflective Leader who would like to continuously increase student achievement by empowering parents, teachers, students, and community members to transform teaching and learning by modeling best practices and providing engaging knowledgeable, data driven feedback.

Summary

Participants will emerge with a substantially enhanced knowledge of what works for underachieving students living in poverty. They will understand how high-poverty schools become high performing. They will understand how leaders increase teacher effectiveness and will certainly be compelled to take informed action to better meet the needs of underachieving students living in poverty. “Amazingly, then, the question Today…in 2016… today is not about what works, but about why we do not implement what we know works in all schools for all kids?”

Evidence

Based on the research and book, Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools by William H. Parrett and Kathleen M. Budge In 2007, Robert Barr and William Parrett synthesized the emerging work of many regarding how low-performing, high-poverty schools become high performing. Their synthesis identified eight strategies that were common to the high-performing, high-poverty schools studied. Of the eight strategies,ensuring effective school and district leadership was central to the successful execution of the other seven. (See Chapter 2 for more on the other strategies.)

Building on the contributions of Barr and Parrett, the continuing work of the Education Trust, and that of other scholars, we began a study to develop a greater understanding of the impact, influence, and inner workings of leadership in HP/HP schools. Drawing from the research base, we developed a framework to capture conceptually the function of leadership in these schools. We then selected a small, diverse group of schools against which we could "test"—or in research terms, "member check"—our framework. Each of the schools selected demonstrated significant and sustained gains in academic achievement for at least three years; enrolled 40 percent or more students who qualified for the free and reduced-price meals program; reflected racial, ethnic, organizational, and geographic diversity; and were willing to work with us. In addition, the Education Trust, the U.S. Department of Education, and individual state departments of education have recognized these schools for their significant gap-closing improvement.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Tarsha Nichole Bailey-Mitchell is the principal of Hyde Park Elementary...again. Hyde Park is considered home to Ms. Mitchell. She was appointed in 2005 to the Principalship and Hyde Park was her first assignment. With this being her first school, she was determined to make a difference. In four years she raised the school grade to an ‘A’. She was then moved to North Shore K-8 School, the lowest ‘F’ in the county at the time. Her first year there the school’s grade increased by 57 points. The next year, 36 points and the grade moved to a ‘D’. In 2011, her next assignment was Abess Park Elementary. This is where she became a media sensation and affectionately known as “Batwoman.”

Ms. Mitchell, has been in education since 1993. She began her career as a First Grade Teacher at Hyde Grove Elementary. She has taught every grade level Kindergarten - Fifth with Third Grade being her favorite. Well, maybe Kindergarten, no…definitely fifth. Oh well, let’s just say she loved them all! In 1998, at Hilton Elementary School in Newport News, VA she was recognized as Teacher of the Year by her colleagues. Then in 2000 she received her Master of Education degree from the University of North Florida in Educational Leadership. She gained her Leadership experience at Gibbs High School in Pinellas County and Alimacani Elementary in Duval County as a Vice Principal.

She’s not just all work and no play! Ms. Mitchell is the proud parent of two college students, Tevin (22 years old) and Kevia (18 years old). When she sent her son off to Georgia State University she expected him to return with a degree in accounting. Instead he came back with her first grandchild, Zola! She’s still waiting on that degree. Throughout the years she has surprised many with her extracurricular activities. She enjoys traveling, skydiving, zip lining, swimming with the dolphins, and so much more!

So, if you look in her office and she’s not there, who knows where she is and what she’s getting into. But one this is for sure, she’s definitely an A+ Leader! She always says, “‘A’ is for ability, ‘A’ is for attitude. The right ability plus the right attitude adds up to an ‘A’ player. ‘A’ players are winners! You are all ‘A’ players in her book.”

A+A=A

Keyword Descriptors

High Poverty, Title I, School Improvement, Hope to Certainty, Continuous Improvement

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-7-2017 4:00 PM

End Date

3-7-2017 5:30 PM

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From Hope to Certainty

Harborside East & West

This presentation is for the Reflective Leader who would like to continuously increase student achievement by empowering parents, teachers, students, and community members to transform teaching and learning by modeling best practices and providing engaging knowledgeable, data driven feedback.