Teachers challenged to make changes to create high performing schools
Published: Sep 11, 2013
Teachers in the southeastern district of New Providence schools were challenged to make three changes during this school year — change the attitude and mindset of their students, change failing grades to passing grades and change the culture of violence in the minds of their students to one of peace.
District superintendent, Eulease Beneby challenged the teachers to make the changes during a conclave prior to the opening of the new academic term during a conclave held under the theme “Creating High Performing Schools in Pursuit of Quality Education”.
Beneby said their focus was to create high performing schools. She encouraged the educators to focus on discipline and training for the first month of school to support teaching for the rest of the year. She also reiterated the need for teachers to go back to the basics in their particular subject areas to strengthen weaknesses that students may have.
She stressed to the teachers the need to teach study skills to enhance student success. She told the educators to put new ideas and creative thinking in top gear and continue to fill the minds of their students with what is necessary to create a high performing school district.
Claudette Rolle, director of Catholic Education, spoke to the teachers about “Charting a Course for the New School Year”. She reminded them to model professionalism in their work environment with their colleagues and supervisors. She said that communication from leaders must be firm but gentle in order to foster an organization of quality.
Rolle encouraged the teachers to remain positive by avoiding “energy vampires” who sometimes threaten to sap their enthusiasm on the job. She advised the teachers to take care of their mental and physical health to achieve success during this school year. She challenged them to be participants in building a stronger education community.