Chaundria Smith, a successful educator with more than a decade of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, college professor, and school principal has been named Executive Director of Provost Academy Ohio.
“My career as an educator has shown me that the traditional school setting does not meet the needs of all students. For this reason, at Provost Academy Ohio we will pride ourselves on educating the ‘whole child’ through an online learning environment, as well as on-going mentoring and advising to ensure students receive the personalized attention they deserve,” Executive Director Smith said.
Prior to taking on her new role, Executive Director Smith was serving as a Director of Achievement for EdisonLearning in Cleveland. Previously, she was Principal of the Meridian Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., an Assistant Principal in the Hampton (Virginia) City Schools, and a Teacher and Department Chair in the Norfolk (Virginia) Public Schools. Since 2013, she has served as an Adjunct Professor at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Executive Director Smith has been recognized as the “Virginia Teacher of Promise”, and was the Norfolk Public Schools “Inspiration Award Winner” in Career & Technical Education.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Norfolk State University in Virginia; a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia; and is currently completing her Doctor of Education in Advanced Educational Leadership from Regent University. She is also certified as an International Baccalaureate Head of School, Certified Data Team Leader, and Certified Mentor.
“Today’s students learn much differently today than they did in the past,” students did just ten years ago,” Executive Director Smith said; “and students are clearly benefitting from an education, like the one they receive at Provost Academy, that utilizes stimulating virtual curriculum designed specifically for them.”
In contrast to other online learning programs, Provost Academy Ohio offers a robust, state-of-the-art curriculum with a strong base in math, science and technology, designed to be engaging, fun and targeted to multiple learning style. All courses can be adapted to fit a student’s individual needs, and content can be rearranged and customized for the individual student. Also, parents and students can easily monitor learning progress, assignments, and grades at a glance on their own personal home page.
Interested students in grades 6 through 12 can enroll in Provost Academy Ohio for the school year starting this fall online at www.oh.provostacademy.com or by phone at 888-262-1052.
Superintendents and public school administrators throughout the United States received the above email on October 2 promoting the Magic Johnson Bridgescape program. By clicking on the image, it takes the reader to a special landing page on the MJBA web site, where the recipient is able to view a video featuring Earvin “Magic” Johnson on the NBC Today Show, and allows them to view and download the new MJBA brochure. Members of the Business Development Sales team will be following up with all school district officials who seek more information.
Columbia, SC – The nationally-recognized educational accreditation organization – AdvanceED – has informed Provost Academy South Carolina that the school has met the “high standards” specified by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and has implemented “a continuous process of school improvement.”
Provost Academy Executive Director Stephanie Cagle said, “This accreditation announcement demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators.”
The AdvanceED - SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, stated, “SACS CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Provost Academy South Carolina is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”
Nearly two-thirds of Minnesota schools are on track to reduce achievement gaps in reading and math by 50 percent by the year 2017. Additionally, 119 schools across Minnesota that serve racially and ethnically diverse student populations with high levels of poverty have demonstrated exemplary academic achievements in state exam proficiency, student growth, graduation rates and closing achievement gaps. This is according annual school performance data released yesterday by the Minnesota Department of Education.
Among schools in the state being recognized, is longtime partner Raleigh-Edison Charter Academy in Duluth. The school is eligible for “Celebration School” recognition, which will be based on its success in advancing initiatives that have led to positive student outcomes. Celebration schools are identified annually based on Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR), which includes data on proficiency, growth, achievement gap reduction, and graduation rates.
On September 8, a new Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy will open to students in Chicago Brainerd neighborhood (above). This new center will mark the fifth MJBA location in the city, and bring the total number of students earning their high school diplomas in the program to 1,000 students. During the recently completed school year, more than 100 students received their diplomas, and the Chicago-area MJBAs had a graduation rate of 80%.
In addition to the learning centers being readied for the students, the education teams for all five of the Chicago MJBAs participated in a unique professional development initiative earlier this week. They are piloting a program called WhyTry, which utilizes a series of ten visual metaphors to teach social, emotional, and leadership principles. It is a multi-sensory approach designed to build resiliency and relationships.
The program directors, guidance counselors and teachers participated in two days of interactive, high energy and robust training with a really facilitator from the WhyTry organization. In the future, the MJBA staff will serve as the implementation experts for the pilot this year, and serve as the project leaders at each of their individual sites.