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EECS 2021 Model For Continuous Learning

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EECS 2021 Model For Continuous Learning
Posted on 05/05/2021
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The International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), whose mission is to encourage, inspire and support today’s educators, has named East End Community School a 2021 Model School for the school's relentless focus on student outcomes in an unprecedented year. East End Community School recognized opportunities for growth, collectively established a vision, and systematically worked together to take action.

East End Community School is one of only 16 Model Schools from across the United States that will share its best practices at ICLE’s 29th Annual Model Schools Conference. The event provides a forum for thousands of passionate teachers and leaders to share innovative and creative strategies for developing the minds of our future. 

East End Community School is presenting on student equity and empowerment and how it has utilized the four pillars of the Portland Promise (People, Equity, Whole Student and Achievement) to improve overall student growth. East End Community School Principal Boyd Marley notes the school’s presentation is based on the school's vision of "empowering students of the world for the world.” 

“Model Schools are courageously leading the charge in every conversation they have that accounts first and foremost for the wellness of the learner,” says Weston Kieschnick, ICLE Associate Partner. “Each of the 2021 Model Schools has thrived in the most challenging of times through their strength of conviction for rigor, relevance and relationships.”

Selected annually based on a number of criteria, Model Schools have substantive evidence of growth year over year; strong culture that focuses on student needs; and dedication to continuous improvement no matter the circumstances.

In 2017, the ACLU recognized East End’s Rise and Shine program for closing opportunity gaps among students. In its report, We Belong Here: Eliminating Inequity in Education for Immigrants and Students of Color in Maine, Rise and Shine was identified as an example of how “student empowerment in general can serve to improve equity, and of how a school identified a structural obstacle to student success and worked not only to remove that obstacle but to transform it into an asset.”

East End Community School students, families and staff value diversity, equity, relationships, growth and achievement. Assistant Principal Kelly Thornhill said, “Our mission is to have high expectations for students and believe that students can grow to meet grade level standards and beyond. We believe that having consistent opportunities and access to strong grade level instruction, where students do most of the thinking and are deeply engaged, will grow student achievement and empower students.” 

“Unlike any other year, we are beyond proud to be honoring the 2021 Model Schools for digging deeper than ever to remain energized and focused on the needs of students,” says Kieschnick. “The leaders and teachers at these schools truly represent courage in action.”

The Model Schools blog “Closing Opportunity Gaps Through Student Empowerment” is now live.

About the International Center for Leadership in Education: The International Center for Leadership in Education, established in 1991 and located in Rexford, N.Y., is one of the most influential education consulting companies in America. It is best known for identifying and disseminating successful practices to assist all students in achieving higher standards. The leadership team and consultants at ICLE have assisted numerous state education agencies and hundreds of schools and districts in their improvement initiatives. The International Center for Leadership in Education is a division of learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. For more information, please visit www.LeaderEd.com.

About the Portland Public Schools: The Portland Public Schools is Maine’s largest school district, with 6,500 students, and is also the most diverse. About one-third of the district’s students come from homes where languages other than English are spoken—a total of more than 60 languages. 52 percent of the district’s students are white and 48 percent are students of color. Approximately half of PPS students qualify for free or reduced school meals.