With two daughters attending Ogden city schools, we are thrilled to see the tremendous progress towards proficiency that was achieved in the 2011-2012 school year. We want to sincerely congratulate the students and teachers for their hard work and say thank you to the many parent and community volunteers who support our schools. Our work is long from being finished, but it is important to stop and recognize that Ogden city schools have taken a gigantic leap towards proficiency, and hit a major milestone on the pathway towards educational excellence.
There have been several needed, necessary and difficult changes made in our district in order to realize the results of last year. The focus on academic and instructional excellence from the Ogden School District and Ogden School Board is helping to lead this charge for change.
Shane Story has played a critical role on the school board in implementing several of these changes including the school turn-around program. This program focuses on meeting student learning and proficiency goals by utilizing the Professional Learning Community (PLC) approach. Through weekly collaborative reviews of student assessment data and teaching best practices, there is visibility into the classroom and a system to identify gaps, assess proficiency and maximize academic and instructional excellence.
Shane has also been a tremendous advocate to the parents' voice for excellence and rigor and was instrumental in gaining support, and bringing the internationally recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) program to Ogden High School. He has also supported the improvement of standards and rigor in the junior high honors programs to successfully prepare students for IB and AP coursework.
We believe the bold decisions being made by the Ogden City School District and school board leadership, combined with the hard work and dedication of administrators, teachers and students, is beginning to redefine Ogden School District. This evolution is early in the change process and we support Shane Story on his re-election to the Ogden School Board to see the change, process and progress through.
Craig and Danette Pulley Ogden
Craig and Danette Pulley