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Terry High School "breaks through"

Apr 13, 2017 | Community Relations
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Dr. Andree Osagie

Lamar CISD’s Terry High School has made the 2017 National Breakthrough School list.

Every year, the National Association of Secondary Schools Principal’s (NASSP) Breakthrough Schools program, identifies, recognizes and showcases middle level and high schools that serve large numbers of students living in poverty and are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement. 

Dr. Andree Osagie is the first-year principal at Terry. 

As part of the honor, Dr. Osagie will participate in the McKinsey Management Program for School Leaders, a premier leadership development program exclusively for NASSP valued at nearly $5,000. Participants are part of a nationwide community of school leaders—sharing ideas and solutions in course forums and building relationships through group projects. Community for Education Foundation, nonprofit publisher of the Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Education Program, is a NASSP partner and will cover the cost of participation in the full three-course program, which begins in November 2017 and runs through July 2018. 

Osagie will also attend the first-ever National Principals Conference (NPC) which will take place July 9 – 11 in Philadelphia.

Selection criteria are based on a school's documented success in implementing strategies aligned with the three core areas of Breaking Ranks II for middle level and high schools that have led to improved student achievement, and include the following:

• Collaborative leadership: professional learning communities, shared leadership and student and staff leadership development;
• Personalization: attention to all students, mentoring, and school/community connections; and
• Curriculum, instruction, and assessment: access to rigorous coursework for all students, differentiated instruction with multiple assessments, data-based decision making  and opportunities for career development.

The is actually a “redesignation” for Terry, which was first a Breakthrough School in 2011.