Five Tomball ISD Schools Earn Great Expectations® Model School Distinction

TOMBALL - Tomball ISD schools were celebrated for their commitment to the Great Expectations® (GE) program as five campuses earned the prestigious Model School distinction by the organization.

Earning the distinction for the first time was Lakewood Elementary and Tomball Elementary. Joining these two were three previous Model School honorees in Oakcrest Intermediate, Creekview Elementary and Canyon Pointe Elementary bringing the Tomball ISD total to five.

In order to receive a GE® Model School distinction, each campus was evaluated by GE® coaches and were required to have 100% of staff members demonstrating 90% of classroom practices during their on-campus visits.

“I am so proud of the students and staff of Lakewood Elementary as we have received the designation of a GE® Model School,” Principal Deanna Porter said. “We reached this status through the hard work and dedication of our staff, students, and parents over the past three years. We celebrate our GE® Model School recognition as a Tomball ISD family and Lakewood community!”

“The staff and students at Tomball Elementary are truly excited to be recognized as a GE® Model School,” Principal Chad Schmidt said.” “This is a culmination of hard work and focus by the staff and students to create a strong learning environment and a culture of mutual respect and understanding. To have the work of our staff and students recognized and for Tomball Elementary to now serve as a model for other schools is humbling, and at the same time, an incredible motivator to continue to build the school that our students, staff and community deserve.”

What is Great Expectations®?
Great Expectations® (GE) is a professional development program that provides teachers and administrators with the skills needed to create harmony and excitement within the school atmosphere, elements that are basic for inspiring students to pursue academic excellence. With a focus on human quality of teaching and learning, GE provides renewal and inspiration for teachers who may have lost their way and forgotten why they became teachers in the beginning.

Great Expectations® Classroom Practices
There are seventeen Classroom Practices that occur in GE classrooms, schools, and districts. Through teachers' use of the GE Classroom Practices, students become self-directed learners, productive citizens, effective communicators, critical thinkers, and cooperative contributors in the classroom as well as in society. These Classroom Practices are explicitly taught to educators during GE methodology training and they are reinforced during elective courses, as well as follow-up training sessions.

For the 17 Classroom Practices, CLICK HERE.

Great Expectations® Tenets
The Great Expectations® (GE) teaching/training model is also guided by six basic principles (Tenets). These Tenets provide guidelines for program training and implementation and serve as standards for evaluating GE schools/districts.

The Tenets are as follows:

(1) High Expectations
(2) Teacher Attitude and Responsibility
(3) All Children Can Learn
(4) Building Self-Esteem
(5) Climate of Mutual Respect
(6) Teacher Knowledge and Skill
To learn more about Great Expectations®, CLICK HERE.


About Tomball Independent School District
Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 17,000 students at 20 campuses.