Eliminating Barriers for Entrance to Rigorous Classes Part 2

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Eliminating Barriers for Entrance to Rigorous Classes Part 2

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By  increasing standards  and  targeting  all  pupils,  the overall academic standard can be raised.  Some barriers for entrance into rigorous classes may include the lack of a cohesive structure  within  teaching.  District  leaders  need  to  establish  districtwide policies that enable low income families to have access to higher level qualifications. In addition, district leaders could continue to educate and provide training for teachers in order to raise   awareness  of the interests and abilities of their students so that teachers can tailor  their lessons  to  suit  the children’s needs.  In addition, schools can ensure that any student can enroll in a class without barriers to registration.  Teachers can also encourage students to enroll in rigorous courses.  Some  student  aren’t  aware  of  the  opportunities  available  to them until they are directed by a teacher. These opportunities should be available to all pupils, not just the select few.  In  order  to  overcome  barriers  for  rigorous classes,  children’s  learning  needs  to  be monitored  closely  and  adapted  to  address  individual  issues. By  eliminating  the barriers, students will be provided with greater access to higher qualifications which could shape their lives for the better.

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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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