Teachers and administrators from the seven Acellerating Campus Excellence (ACE) campuses were back in school a week early to participate in trainings designed to give them new strategies for classroom success. The sessions at Billy Earl Dade Middle School focused on new technologies, new skills to motivate students, and new tools to help close the achievement gap.
The increased support for teachers in the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) schools is designed to bring the schools, all of which were designated as “Improvement Required” by the Texas Education Agency for several consecutive years prior to the start of the initiative, up to standard.
“The most exciting thing that’s happened… is six out of seven of the schools are projected to have met standard for the first time in many years,” said Jolee Healey, Executive Director of ACE schools. The campuses have also seen decreased discipline issues and increased attendance.
Veronica Boudreaux, Special Education Department Chair at Thomas Edison Middle School, shared she was able to “get motivated by going through the trainings and learning what type of teacher I am, and learning the best way I can teach to meet the needs of the students that I will be teaching.”