Jan. 20, 2017
By Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee
close, it is always exciting to see a new program flourish and new educators
grow in their craft. Each week, I enjoy visiting
schools and observing the efforts of talented instructors. During these visits,
I also endeavor to identify opportunities for enhancements. A front-row seat in
our schools is vital to guiding districtwide school improvement.
Recently, I had the
pleasure of observing several things that are encouraging; below are my notes.
Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School
- Proud to watch two
early career teachers, Tyler Rogers (English 10) and Morgan Cooksey (U.S.
History), deliver very engaging instruction and implementing “check for
pleased with the probing questions from teachers to challenge the thinking of
- Evidence of a clear
focus on teacher mentoring.
- Students are
encouraged to support each other through peer learning. A formal peer learning
model will be launched to advance student learning.
- Staff, in
collaboration with community partners, will implement enhanced career pathways:
1. Nursing 2. Biomedical Sciences (Project Lead The Way) 3. Health Informatics
4. Physical Therapy.
Global Preparatory Academy at Riverside 44
- This first-year
Spanish Immersion program is exhibiting indicators of great promise. Students
are excited about developing bilingualism and biliteracy skills.
student leadership is promoted and exercised to serve others; student leaders
have the opportunity to earn paraphernalia.
from assessments are shared with students to build ownership.
grouping is evident to customize acceleration and remediation efforts. Great to
see all staff members lead flexible groups, administrators included.
are analyzing data to inform instruction and interventions.
the lower grades, there is an average adult-to-student ratio of 15-to-1 to
I look forward to
experiencing how several of our other schools are utilizing data, maximizing
talent and engaging in thoughtful planning activities to ensure a successful