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Poinciana High School in Osceola County Accepted
as Member of Successful Practices
Poinciana High School in Osceola County has been accepted for membership in a national
network of K-12 schools committed to school improvement and high academic achievement
for all students.
The Successful Practices Network, sponsored by the International Center for
Leadership in Education, Rexford, NY, is a not-for-profit collaboration of good
schools that are striving to become great schools. Through the Network, the
professional staff of Poinciana High School will exchange best instructional
practices, successful methodologies and peer support with other member schools.
Network Executive Director Ray McNulty describes the collaboration as "a
way to link committed educators and district leadership with like-minded practitioners
across the country. Even the best schools can't be expert in every aspect
of school improvement. At the same time, these schools have enormous expertise
in specific areas to share. The idea behind the Network is to connect schools
with other schools that can offer needed expertise and possible solutions."
Network members identify their own improvement priorities and technical assistance
needs as well as the experience and know-how they can share with other schools.
Each school works through an assigned Network liaison to establish contact with
other schools and with master teachers and senior consultants, who can provide
research, data and approaches that otherwise might not be accessible to local
Meeting academic accountability standards under the No Child Left Behind legislation
presents a challenge for many schools. Cutbacks in state-level sources of technical
assistance are forcing districts to find alternative mechanisms that will support
their teachers. The Successful Practices Network is an innovative and informal
way for schools to share knowledge — peer to peer — through specialty
groups for various subject areas, special education, parental involvement, administration
and so on.
Members also receive regular communications from the Network related to professional
development, instructional tools and education trends.
For more information on Poinciana High School's involvement in the Successful
Practices Network, contact Principal Debra Pace at 407-870-4860.