Change is hard. Change that leads to measurable improvement in student performance, harder still.  Which is why I post the monthly PowerWalks Hero School list.  If teams of teachers are to have a fighting chance to not only teach at full speed but also incrementally change the way the way they do it, they need regular feedback, support and affirmation.  That does not occur when administrators are stuck in their offices.  When a school makes the PowerWalks Hero School list that is an indication that for at least that particular month, campus administrators were able to push administrivia to the side and get out to where the action is, classrooms. And the more time administrators spend close to the action, the more responsive they become to actual student and teacher need. 

So here is the roll call of PowerWalks Hero Schools for the 2011/2012 school year. And your goal for next year?  If you aren’t on the list, get on it.  If you are on the list, get on it more often.

Hero X 8 Bell’s Hill ES Cottonwood Creek ES JH Hines ES Louise Schools

Hero X 7 Brooke Ave ES North Waco ES

Hero X 6 Alta Vista ES Crestview ES Kendrick ES Ray ES Waco Alternative School

Hero X 5 Dean Highland ES Hutto HS Lake Air IS McFee ES Meadowbrook ES South Waco ES Tennyson MS Waco HS

Hero X 4 Afton Oaks Cedar Ridge ES Garza County Granbury Hays County Hilcrest ES Hutto MS  Marble Falls JH Provident Heights ES

Hero X 3 Farley MS Lake Waco ES Luling ES Mountainview ES San Marcos

Hero X 2 Carver Academy MS Hutto ES Luling JH Luling HS Marlin HS Oak Meadows ES Poth Schools Presidential Meadows ES Stanfield ES Sul Ross ES

Hero X 1 Blake Manor ES Brazos MS Decker MS Johnson ES Manor HS Marlin ES Rockdale University HS University MS Viking Hills ES

Congratulations to each school on the list.  Continue the great work. 

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