Hats off, Mr. Cook. Excellent reporting of the people, like Mr. West, that beat the drum everyday for the things that are thriving in our schools. With a bold and unorthodox way of teaching receptive kids, anything is possible. We need more stories like this!
"Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others."
~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Jill Levine creates conditions for kids to thrive, as does Crystal Sorrells at Orchard Knob Middle and Mason West, teacher at Howard. These individuals are the catalysts for change in our schools. They are culture-changers, not just test score-keepers. In fact, test scores do little to motivate this elite group. Test scores are the result of a coherent and bold vision that rallies countless supporters behind it! That is how you change a school and an entire education system (and it's happening all over Hamilton County), not by plucking out one leader and transferring him or her somewhere else. Rather than crucify the one, let's ask the hundreds of others, "How can I help? What do you need?" Let's elevate this conversation and demand our school board's response!
@ldurham Too late, Orchard Knob already has exceptional leadership and motivated teachers. Howard, too! They are doing just fine without interlopers. You have to be in these schools to really see that amazing things are already happening all over Hamilton County, and not because of any one leader. It's because of many people who believe that things can be better. Then they act on it. I hope our school board and county commissioners have the opportunity to see it, and act on it, too.
@lesliesmart @biff_loman Just curious if you have had a conversation with Mr. Wamp? If so, could you give some context for your beliefs?