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Creating a Culture of High Expectations and Improvement for Students, Teachers, and Leaders

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May 11, 2017

Creating a Culture of High Expectations and Improvement for Students, Teachers, and Leaders

Thursday, May 11, 2017
3:00–4:00 p.m. (EDT)

Sancha Gray
, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, Asbury Park School District (NJ)
Winsome Waite, PhD, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy, Alliance for Excellent Education

At the start of the 2014–15 school year, Asbury Park School District in New Jersey was struggling; it had the lowest high school graduation rate in the state, 75 percent of students were reading below grade level, and five superintendents had cycled through the district in seven years.

In a few short years, Asbury Park has become one of the most innovative districts in New Jersey. Its graduation rate has improved by 24 percentage points; less than 10 percent of students now drop out of school, compared with almost half previously; and teachers and leaders report a high level of collaboration, communication, and engagement with the district improvement process.

How did Asbury Park do it? the Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar highlighting the cultural shift that has occurred in Asbury Park school district.

The webinar explored how Asbury Park’s efforts align with some best practices internationally, as determined by the recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report, School Leadership for Learning. Given every five years by the OECD, the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) examines different approaches to school leadership and their impact on professional learning communities and the learning environment in schools.

Panelists also addressed questions from the online audience.

Please direct questions concerning the webinar to If you are unable to watch the webinar live, an archived version will be available at approximately 1–2 business days after the event airs.

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