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ERIC Number: EJ812664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Empowerment Zone: Texas School Beats the Odds with a Shared Commitment to Student Learning
Berkey, Timothy; Dow, Elizabeth
Journal of Staff Development, v29 n4 p31-34 Fall 2008
The odds were stacked against the new elementary school from the beginning. In its favor, the school was a beautiful building with an established principal. Beyond that, anyone would predict that the first year would be tough. The staff consisted of new teachers and transfers from across the district. The students were reassigned from two neighboring elementary schools and represented the lower-performing populations of each. Some of the older students were involved in gangs. From the outset, they were determined to bring the same behaviors they displayed in their previous schools. Was it fate that this new school was named after William C. Velasquez, founder of a youth organization aimed at social action, a visionary, and a leader of Mexican-American youth? In this article, the authors describe how Velasquez Elementary School in Richmond, Texas, beat the odds with shared commitment to student learning and use of data.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas