KASB Leadership visits Horace Mann and West
Horace Mann principal Vanessa Martinez, left, gives a tour of her school during the KASB Leadership for Tomorrow program.
KASB Leadership for Tomorrow participants met at Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet and West High School for a two-day seminar. The mix of Kansas State School Board members, district and building-level administrators from all over Kansas discussed a broad spectrum of issues and concerns related to public education and student achievement.
At Horace Mann, visitors were welcomed by the student dancing group Folklorico. Principal Vanessa Martinez gave them tours of the school and talked about the workings of her school which stirred various questions from the attendees pertaining to topics such as: how a K-8 works, bilingual school functions, magnet schools, staff development and parent involvement.
Executive Director of Secondary Schools, Lori Doyle, explained the importance of classroom observation walk-throughs and how the method works. Many shared ideas when the topic of how to plant seeds into the minds of students about the importance of attending college.
The Leadership for Tomorrow participants will meet five times across the state this school year.
|Horace Mann offers a two-way dual language education where all students learn a second language through content-based instruction, while enhancing their first language.
Horace Mann's dual language program provides a unique opportunity for students to learn English and Spanish simultaneously by providing standards-based instruction in both languages. English and Spanish speakers are united in dual language classes, which are made up of 50% English speakers and 50% Spanish speakers. This allows both groups to benefit from exposure to native speakers. Students are then taught a highly academic curriculum in both languages.