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STRIDES TOWARDS EXCELLENCE


per week commitment was simply placed on Mr. Allen’s calendar, and Jack looked forward to this. In the hallway, he would oſten approach Mr. Allen and say “I got an A on my math quiz” or “I am going to bring Sam to Tursday’s lunch!” On rare occasion, Mr. Allen would see Jack while frustrated or cooling off, and Jack was visibly determined to allow Mr. Allen to only see him at his best. He received only 2 discipline referrals and passed both end of year assessments. Jack’s parents attributed his success to getting his sleep each night, maturing, and to his weekly time spent with Mr. Allen.


SUCCESS VIGNETTE #2


As a third grader, Ally was a very shy child with few friends. She was not only introverted but oſten had a solemn look that screamed sadness. Ally was dealing with a difficult home-life and a life-changing event that negatively impacted her life. Ally lacked self-confidence and so she oſten failed to put effort into her work and rarely participated in class.


Her teacher, Mrs. Evans, took a great interest in Ally. She recognized a change in Ally as she became closer with her. Te more she trusted her, the more she became motivated to work harder and, over time she appeared to find her happiness again. At first, she would quietly request to borrow a drawing book housed in Mrs. Evans’ classroom and give her a gentle hug. She invited Ally to participate in the COSTS program and she offered to be her mentor. She, and her mother, eagerly accepted. Over the course of two years in the program, Ally evolved into a happy child who revealed her amazing talent as an artist and true ability in school.


Ally enjoyed eating lunch with Mrs. Evans once a week where she would share stories about her school success and talk about her family. Ally also looked forward to occasional outings on the weekend with Mrs. Evans. Ally’s mother also appreciated the time and effort put forth by her mentor. By 6th grade, Ally had turned into a very outgoing child who continued to look forward to time shared with Mrs. Evans (lunch together, COSTS events, a brief hug and conversation in the hall) Ally oſten asked Mrs. Evans if she could join her at lunch to catch up on missed work or work together on assignments she struggled to understand. Ally evolved into the student that Mrs. Evans could see existed in her. She just needed some extra support to succeed.


Spring 2011


Vol. 8 No. 1


Virginia Educational Leadership


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