Eliminating Barriers for Entrance to Rigorous Classes Part 1

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Eliminating Barriers for Entrance to Rigorous Classes Part 1

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Rigorous high school courses are stepping stones towards success in the college application process.  Competition is increasingly fierce between pupils as they send their   applications   off,  awaiting  either   acceptance   or   rejection.   With increasing students applying to colleges, there has been growing competition for successful entry.

In the US,  there  is  a  growing  consensus  amongst  the  political  and ideological spectrum that every student must be ready for postsecondary education. According to an ACT survey,  high  school  graduates  are  still  not  career  ready  when  asked  to participate in certain tasks related to English, writing, mathematics, and science.

By eliminating  barriers  for  entrance  to  rigorous  classes,  pupils  are  being  granted further opportunities for career readiness. Raising expectations within the classroom can  help  pupils  to  meet  their  academic  requirements.  Some ways that schools  can raise  expectations  include  introducing  the  International Baccalaureate  program into schools.    The  International  Baccalaureate  is  a  highly  respected program  that  is included within the curriculum in certain European countries. The IB is also offered to some high achieving students in the US. However, this arguably perpetuates the gap between high attaining students and pupils who aren’t achieving well academically.  The  IB program stretches  pupils  academically,  while  promoting  the  social and  emotional development  of  the  student.

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    The current project manager for the Atlanta K-12 Design Challenge, Laurie Kimbrel is an educator with many years’ experience. Before undertaking this position in 2015, Kimbrel served as Superintendent of the Tamalpais Union High School District in Larkspur, California, where she oversaw 4,200 students, 435 staff members, and managed a $63 million budget. Among other achievements under Laurie Kimbrel’s tenure, the district implemented a leadership model that formed Professional Learning Communities designed to augment teacher effectiveness through shared assessment data.

    Kimbrel holds a bachelor of science in music and business from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She also received a master of science in special education from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and completed her education with leadership-based doctoral studies at Loyola University in Chicago.

    Dedicated to her community, Laurie Kimbrel is a hospice volunteer and works with nonprofits aimed at ensuring every child has access to great teachers and schools. She is also passionate about education reform and champions efforts to bring about effective hiring practices in schools.

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    Loyola University Chicago - Doctorate, Curriculum & Instruction

    National Louis University, Certificate of Advanced Study, Educational Leadership

    Dominican University, Master of Science, Special Education

    Millikin University, Bachelor of Science, Music and Business

    It's a Man's World: How to Achieve Success as a Woman in High School District, AASA Women in Leadership Conference, 2013

    How to Run a Clean Construction Program, California School Board Convention, 2012

    A Transition Success Story: California School Boards Association Conference, 2009

    Program Growth and High Achievement: College Board National Conference, 2008

    Building Leadership Capacity through Effective Staffing Planning, Illinois Association of Personnel Administrators Conference, 2008

    Improving Student Achievement: Illinois NCLB Conference, 2007

    Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations: Lake County Personnel Administrators Conference, 2007

    The Impact of Proactive Classroom Management, Doctoral Dissertation, Loyola University, 2002

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    Laurie Kimbrel volunteers for a number of community organizations including Bristol Hospice as a patient volunteer, Destiny's Daughter's of Promise as a student mentor and Students First as an advocate for effective educational practices.
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