Colorado Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones at Greeley-Evans School District
September 20, 2007
Colorado Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones visited Greeley-Evans School District 6—the first stop on his planned tour of all 178 districts in the state.
The commissioner praised District 6’s reform effort of the past two years and lauded the district’s strategic plan as a good model for other districts across the state. The first school on Jones’ visitation list was Harold K. Winograd K-8 School, 320 N. 71st Ave.
During the afternoon visit, principal Holly Bressler led a walkthrough for a guest list that included Jones, North Central Region senior manager Michael Clough, District 6 superintendent Dr. Renae Dreier and deputy superintendent Dr. Ranelle Lang.
The group visited several classrooms from kindergarten to third grade, watching students make graphs on a floor chart, plant seeds, and practice reading. In each room, students remained engaged in their teachers’ instruction despite all the guests walking through. Jones cheerfully took time to talk with children in each class, asking them to explain what they were learning and encouraging them to keep working hard.
What Jones saw at Winograd confirmed for him the successes of the district’s multi-faceted strategic plan to improve academic achievement. “The school was just fantastic,” he said. “It was nice to go visit a school and to see that the plan has actually made it out to the facilities and to the buildings.
It was really nice to see the kids engaged, the teachers using best practices."
Since being put on watch, the district has undergone a major overhaul of its curriculum and organization. The results have been increased CSAP scores for the last two years and a streamlined, cohesive method of teaching District 6 students across grade levels and at all sites.
After touring Winograd, Jones was the special guest at a District-headquarters reception.He met and mingled with District principals and invited guests from the community, including Greeley mayor Tom Selders, University of Northern Colorado president Kay Norton and others.
Dr. Bruce Broderius, District 6 Board of Education president, introduced Jones to the gathering, noting that when the Colorado Board of Education appointed Jones to his post on June 1, the vote was unanimous.
Broderius said that vote signaled not only the state board’s support for Jones, but the quality of leader he is.