Teachers to share Ron Clark experience

Teachers and administrators who visited the Ron Clark Academy in Georgia will talk about their experiences during tonight's board meeting
Jan. 15, 2013 @ 11:08 AM

Members of the Rutherford County School System who visited the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Ga will speak about their experience during the regular meeting of the Rutherford County Board of Education tonight.

"We are going to speak as to what impressed us while we were there at the academy. We got to go into the classes and watch the teachers," Neil Higgins, principal of Sunshine Elementary School said. "I am going to introduce the group and refer to time. Ron said how it was important to use each teachable moment and try to eliminate the distractions. He really wants to keep them focused and on task. That is what spoke to me during the visit is that he made the most out of his time."

Ron Clark is an American teacher who is known for his ability to raise test scored using unique methods that incorporate 55 classroom rules. He has made appearances in Rutherford County to speak to administrators and teachers twice.

The group visited his academy in December and have been given the task of introducing the rest of the school system to Clark's techniques.

"The challenge is how we are going to share this information with the teachers. The group of us will probably be teaching a class about it during the Summer Learning Luau in August," Higgins said.

Recognitions during the meeting will include Jill Francis of Chase High School for being named Region 8 Teacher of the Year and Dr. Donna James, state director for AdvancED for receiving her AdvanED District Accreditation.

Superintendent Janet Mason will also give a school safety update.

Items of consent will include Head Start reports, inter-county student transfers, an East Rutherford High School livestock project and a budget timeline.

The meeting will be tonight in the board room of the Cool Springs Administrative Building at 7 p.m.