School leaders, assistant leaders and instructional coaches were asked to submit their nominations for monthly Teacher Hall of Fame candidates. We have a primary teacher category for grades K-5 and a secondary teacher category this year for grades 6-12. These nominations are based on the observations the school leaders make in their locations. It is up to them to honor a teacher who they feel embodies the mission of their school. Once the nomination is sent electronically to The Leona Group Department of Academic Achievement, the team reviews the nominees and base their decisions on who best embodies the spirit of The Leona Group and academic success. Congratulations to the 2016 November selections:
On Friday, November 11, Tunkers International hosted students from Highland Park Renaissance Academy at their new location in Warren, Michigan. The students, as part of a sponsorship with the international company, submitted artwork for Tunkers holiday card.
As the students entered the facility, their artwork was framed up on the wall for everyone to see. Three winners from grades 6th through 8th were selected with one grand prize winner from all of the grades.
The grand prize winner was Kenedi Madison, a 7th grade student. Her artwork was selected as the cover of the Tunkers holiday card, which will be sent out worldwide. At the end of the celebration, the school was awarded with a check and informed that Tunkers would like to continue the partnership for another three years.
Many Leona schools have integrated flexible seating into their daily classroom experience. For example, the fourth grade team at Northridge Academy has embraced flexible seating in the classroom by creating an environment that is free of desks. Ms. Beaver and Ms. Casteel have transformed their classrooms this year and are seeing the results in both student engagement and student achievement.
We asked them to share their journey with flexible seating
At a surprise event on Oct. 19,Achieve Career Preparatory Academy's new gymnasium was dedicated to founding school leader, Kerry Keese. Students, staff and other Leona Group support personnel, representatives from the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, and Keese's family gathered to dedicate the gym in her honor. Ms. Keese was recently named vice president of Ohio operations for The Leona Group; she has been with The Leona Group for 15 years.
As the founding school leader at Achieve, where she had been since 2009, Ms. Keese brought to life a the vision of a career preparatory program where students create a 1o-year career/college plan, study and may work in their area of interest while gaining valuable job experience and training. They also have the opportunity to earn college credits, high school credit for work experience, and recover or accelerate credits through online courses or additional courses offered after school.
School tours following the dedication revealed there's a lot going on at Achieve. With more than 20 years of school administration experience, new school leader Cindy Wilson is leading the charge. The academy is getting settled into its fantastic new campus at 3981 Martha Avenue. The highly anticipated new gymnasium is completed - and has now been dedicated. The new 3D lab is up and running. Students are engaged and learning, and the new school store is operational in support of positive behavior.
Gallery: Gym Dedication
Gallery: School Tour
To learn more about Achieve Career Preparatory Academy in Toledo, visit: http://www.achieveprep.com/
Knowing how to use computers and other technology is an essential skill in today's world. Education today is less about rote memorization but rather teaching students how to uncover information - and to use those facts in problem solving, discovery, formulating ideas and hypothesis. In Leona Group charter schools, technology is used prolifically in many groundbreaking ways.
Leona schools are utilizing a variety of technologies every day - ActiVotes, Smart Boards, Promethian Boards, iPads, Chromebooks, laptop and desktop computers, NEO2's, document cameras and many more. "Our students were super excited to receive their own Chromebooks this year,” shared Francis Reh Academy school leader Kate Scheid Weber. “Francis Reh's 1-to-1 technology ensures that each student is able to learn at his or her own level.”
Having the technology is a key step - but using it to its fullest potential is paramount. “Our schools are doing so much with many different tools that is would be hard to capture it all,” said Rachael Parks, Leona’s director of technology. Here is just tiny snapshot of how Leona Group students and teachers are using technology in their classrooms: