VPR Commentary by Tom Slayton
Tom Slayton, commentator for Vermont Public Radio, summarizes the findings from the Roots of Success report in a commentary aired December 2, 2009 on VPR.
Roots of Success Power Point
Presentation overviewing the study’s main findings. Includes audio portions.
Roots of Success Power Point: VPA
Presentation to the Vermont Principals Association, November 6, 2009
Roots of Success Power Point: LAPDA
Presentation to LAPDA, December 18, 2009
Roots of Success Power Point: NEKEDC
Presentation to NEKEDC, April 14, 2010
Interviews with Members of the Research Team
Hear what members of the Department’s research team have to say about their experience studying effective Vermont schools, what they identify as the most important lessons learned, and what they hope schools take away from this research.
Ken Remsen, the Elementary Education Specialist at the Vermont Department of Education and a former principal, speaks about the importance of high expectations as well as the vital role that leaders play in school improvement.
Interview length: 5 minutes, 15 seconds.
Steve Magill, a Data Manager at the Vermont Department of Education, speaks about the results of the teacher survey and the powerful effect of teacher expectations on student achievement. He also discusses how the teacher survey revealed that effective schools are effective systems.
Interview length: 2 minutes, 45 seconds.
Noel Bryant, the Enrichment Coordinator at the Vermont Department of Education, speaks about her experience visiting three successful Vermont schools and the most memorable people she encountered. She also emphasizes the importance of schools approaching improvement from a systems perspective.
Interview length: 4 minutes, 50 seconds.