HISD’s Barbara Jordan High School for Careers (5800 Eastex Freeway, 77026) has received a national High Schools That Work Gold Award for Improved Implementation, based on the progress of local school leaders and teachers in improving school practices. The award was presented by Dave Spence, President of the Southern Regional Education Board, at the annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, July 8.
Spence praised the school for its achievement, pointing out that it takes dedication and hard work on the part of state, district and school leaders and teachers to make progress in preparing students for college and careers in an increasingly competitive world. He presented the award before an audience of more than 6,000 educators from across the nation.
The school is one of only ten high schools in the nation receiving the HSTW Gold Award for Improved Implementation in 2009. To earn this recognition, the school made large improvements in their implementation of the HSTW design. These schools also had 50 percent or more of students meet at least one of the readiness goals on the 2008 HSTW Assessment and either met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) criteria of the federal No Child Left Behind Act or had a graduation rate of 85 percent or higher.
“This school has shown what can be accomplished to raise student achievement by deeply implementing the High Schools That Work model for strengthening curriculum and instruction,” said Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President of SREB and founder of HSTW. “The school illustrates the spirit of change and the gains in performance that High Schools That Work advocates and supports through assessment, staff development and technical assistance.”
Barbara Jordon Principal Rever Givens said, “It is an honor to receive the HSTW Gold Award. I attribute my campuses’ success to the dedication and commitment of the faculty, as well as to the outstanding Jordan High School students whose parents have set educational goals and who provide the support and parental guidance to ensure that the campus is successful in preparing students for graduation.”
More than 1,100 high schools in 32 states participate in the HSTW school improvement initiative, which is based on the premise that most students can master rigorous academic and career/technical studies if school leaders and teachers create a school environment that is motivational, challenging and supportive. The HSTW initiative is the nation’s first large-scale effort to engage state, district and school leaders in partnership with teachers, students, parents and the community to equip all students with the knowledge and skills needed to graduate from high school and succeed in college and the workplace.
This is a first for the Insite. I got an email from a Houston area Mother who needs your help finding the father of her child. He owes tens of thousands of dollars in back child support. Here is her plea to you for help in tracking down deadbeat Chuck:
HAVE YOU SEEN HIM???
This is Charles Earl McCowin Jr, AKA Chuck or Chuckie. He is a DEADBEAT DAD. He owes more than $22,000.00 in back child support for 1 child he has fathered outside of his marriage. He has not paid child support for more than 2 years and REFUSES to do so. If you see him, please help in letting him know how irresponsible he is. His child deserves his support, after all it is his RESPONSIBILITY. Please help in making him accountable and do the right thing in supporting his child. If you have ANY information, such as employment or hangouts please e-mail your tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any information could be helpful in bringing this person to JUSTICE
Thank You and May GOD BLESS
LINDSAY LEVINGSTON IS OKLAHOMA BOUND!
Congratulations to KPRC reporter Lindsay Levingston. The former Houston teacher and reporter is moving to Oklahoma. She’s taken a job with the FOX affiliate there. Monday Lindsey officially kicks off her new job at KOKI-TV. Levingston was joined by several friends and coworkers at Papasitos in Houston tonight for a final good bye. Unfortunately, the Insite could not make it but the young reporter who also hosted a Municipal channel program was surrounded by friends. Good luck Lindsay and we will miss you in Houston!
Mayor Bill White today announced he is appointing businessman/attorney David Mincberg to the Houston Housing Authority (HHA) Board of Commissioners. Mincberg, CEO of Flagship Properties Corp., will fill an open seat on the board. He is expected to replace Timothy F. Seckinger in the chairman’s position. Seckinger will remain on the board during a transition period.
“Tim has done an outstanding job and we are grateful for his leadership, steady hand and his willingness to serve,” said Mayor White. “I have asked David to take up the reins and he is highly qualified and committed to continuing the progress through which Tim has guided HHA.”
The Mayor added that he is asking Mincberg to focus on several things, including examining all of HHA’s operations, with a particular eye toward customer service, acceleration of efforts to create opportunities for first-time home buyers, and asset management practices of the Authority.
Since 1977, Mincberg has been directly involved in the development and construction of over 30,000 multi-family housing units. Additionally, Flagship and Mincberg invest in a variety of different investments, ranging from subdivision developments to a start-up deregulated energy provider. He also serves as president of Flagship Mezzanine Funding, LP, a company that provides mezzanine and equity financing in commercial real estate transactions. Prior to entering the real estate investment business, Mincberg practiced general business law with an emphasis on business structure and organization.
Mincberg served from 2006 to 2007 in the “dollar-a-year” position of Special Assistant to the Mayor for Multi-family Housing Policy. In that position he coordinated the housing agencies in the City of Houston , with an emphasis on increasing the affordable housing stock.
Mincberg is married to Lainie Gordon. They are the parents of five children.
Dear Mr. Isiah Carey,