Our teachers are in a better position to flourish when their school environments present as few distractions as possible and they can focus on instruction. To equip teachers from inside our schools, we’re taking measures to building strong leadership, swift and effective discipline, and efficient administrative procedures.
We demonstrate this commitment to teachers by:
Over the 2010–11 school year, new principal Antonio Burt began to turn around the culture at Lester, a K-8 school in Binghampton, based in large part on his training with New Leaders for New Schools.
Mr. Burt immediately set out to improve the physical condition of the hallways, which in prior years had been plagued by trash, pests and foul odors. A no-tolerance policy for litter or disrespect of school property immediately went into effect, with fast results that surprised even some members of the teaching staff. He created an environment of quiet and order, requiring students to line up by gender in hallways and speak in low voices. His presence on…