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In an effort to assist urban and "at-risk" students, Old Dominion University will formally launch the Center for Teacher Quality and Educational Leadership (CTQEL) and sign a partnership with Newport News Public Schools at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at ODU's Peninsula Higher Education Center.

Funded by the Virginia General Assembly, CTQEL will help teachers and school leaders mobilize community resources to meet such students' academic and other educational needs. It is one aspect of Old Dominion's commitment to PK-20 partnerships that aim to improve student achievement, leadership and teacher quality. Located at the Peninsula Higher Education Center, CTQEL is a community outreach organization of the ODU Darden College of Education's Program for Research and Evaluation in Public Schools (PREPS).

At the ceremony, Newport News Public Schools Interim Superintendent Ashby Kilgore and Old Dominion Provost Thomas L. Isenhour will sign a memorandum of agreement to train school principals, assistant principals and teachers to help children in urban schools reach their academic achievement potential and increase personal and social responsibilities associated with academic and community success. Starting in July, select teachers and administrators will engage in school improvement demonstration projects, which will be developed collaboratively with district leaders. Areas of focus will include school leadership, teacher quality and pupil achievement.

"Newport News Public Schools is delighted to work with the new ODU center," noted Kilgore. "We believe that this collaboration will help children achieve their potential and contribute to the Newport News community."

ODU's Isenhour noted, "Newport News Public Schools will become part of a statewide network where schools help each other. This lateral school development model will enable Newport News principals and teachers to be part of something bigger than a center or a school. It will enable us -- teachers, school leaders and the CTQEL staff -- to continue to change lives."

This article was posted on: April 24, 2007

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