Thursday, December 11, 2003

Ohio schools chief in Hamilton today

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

HAMILTON - When Susan Tave Zelman crisscrosses the state visiting schools, she wants to see Ohio's best educational offerings.

So when Ohio's superintendent of public instruction visits Hamilton today, she will see firsthand what Garfield Middle School teachers do to make it one of Ohio's "Schools of Promise."

And she will visit Harrison Elementary School to learn what teachers did to improve achievement enough that, after one year, it was removed from the list of underachieving schools under the federal No Child Left Behind legislation.

"We want her to see our all-day kindergarten, special education and strong reading programs at Harrison," said Joni Copas, spokeswoman for Hamilton Schools.

"At Hamilton High, we want her to see our fine arts wing renovations, an advanced placement class, our career technical classes. We're showing her the diversity of curriculum."

Hamilton was selected as one of 11 districts Zelman is visiting the first half of the school year, based on an application the school filled out that included an outline of how the day would be spent.

Last month Zelman visited the New Miami Schools. On Dec. 18, she will visit Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy - the only nonpublic school selected for a visit this school year.

"We are honored and excited,'' said Mark Beadle, principal of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Edyth B. Lindner Elementary School.

Beadle said he would showcase parental involvement in the teaching process, as well as have Zelman visit reading and math classes and discuss how technology is used to enhance the curriculum.

The school received a 2003 No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Award from the U.S. Department of Education.


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