How?

1. Make schools safe from both the inside and the outside. Continue the focus on securing the perimeter of schools and visitor background checks. Make schools safe from within through character education and anti-bullying initiatives. 

 

2. Develop an authentic teacher evaluation system that truly takes into account all that teachers do on a daily basis to inspire their students and prepare them for their future. Teacher moral will improve as they feel valued by those in management. 

3. Limit testing to state mandated tests. Push for testing to be used for diagnostic purposes at the school level rather than for comparative data amongst schools, counties, states and countries.

4. Resist the federal intrusion on local School Boards in the form of the Common Core curriculum and tests.

5. Encourage the development  of the skills of creativity, curiosity, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Students will be pushed to apply their knowledge in creative expressions. Implement the Genius Hour program at schools to help students develop their passion.

6. Teach students to love to read, rather than just teaching them how to read. Through an increased love of reading, especially memoirs, students will learn new vocabulary words, learn figures of speech, learn new knowledge, and improve their writing. Reading memoirs will inspire students to dream of what they can become some day.

7. Encourage play. Mandate that all elementary students enjoy recess every day. Students will get valuable exercise, learn to play together, expel excess energy and stress, and have a positive part of their school day to look forward to.

8. Roll out speech and debate curriculum at all high schools and middle schools. Students will learn the important skills of research, critical thinking, civil debate, listening, and thinking on their feet. Students will learn to wrestle with important issues of our day in a controlled manner. Students will learn to respect the views of others as they are assigned to argue points of view that they may not hold. Students will enjoy the effect that the skills of speech and debate have on all of their other classes.

9.  Encourage all high schools to participate in the FHSAA Sunshine State Spirit Showdown contest. Schools who participate are challenged to demonstrate their school spirit in positive ways at their sporting events. Here's a link with more information: 

FHSAA Sunshine State Spirit Showdown:

https://www.fhsaa.org/departments/special-programs/sunshine-state-spirit-showdown

Michigan State Battle of the Fans:

http://www.mhsaa.com/schools/students/battle-of-the-fans

Michigan example schools

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3vSoJ6YIGI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3vSoJ6YIGIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIfsUtSXz60

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttnlld1EDpo

Michigan example of story about winning schools

http://secondhalf.mhsaa.com/All-News/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2683/Herd-dat-Buchanan-Back-for-BOTF-III

10. Strong after school tutoring, mentoring, and extracurricular activities Title 1 elementary and middle schools,  patterned after the City of Orlando After Schools All Stars programs run at 8 OCPS middle schools.

More info: http://orlandoasas.org

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