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2000-2003 | Superintendent, Adams 12 Five Star Schools
  • James Christensen, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver
·         Supervised 31,000 students with 4,000 employees with a two hundred million dollar budget
·         Strong student performance gains in Denver area for two consecutive years following new programs implemented during my tenure (2004 and 2005)
·         Passed a one hundred million dollar Bond and ten million dollar instructional override during first year as superintendent after prior year failure
·         Reorganized district delivery system for instruction and communication
·         Targeted student learning by defining an eight trait strategic plan
·         Implemented Six Sigma quality management tools and evaluation methods for each program in Administration leadership
·         Implemented Policy Governance and management strategies in Administration leadership
·         Added literacy resource teacher and art teacher to every elementary school
·         Started the Reading Recovery Program for highest need students in district
·         Started a balanced literacy learning environment for all elementary classrooms
·         Targeted class size reduction with the hiring of eighty additional classroom teachers beyond normal growth funding
·         Organized the Head Start grant for learning alignment in literacy for early childhood students
·         Added 1.5 million dollars to technology-enhanced learning communities
·         Developed a “Smart Mart” program for itemized analysis of each student’s longitudinal progress on standards
·         Added thirty dollars per student to site staff development for Best Practices research and targeted population academic improvements in six recipient groups of learners
·         Initiated a Strategic Listening for community feedback for real-time monitoring of need
·         Established customer service priorities and methods of evaluation to ensure needs of the customers is met and improved upon by the District
·         Created first State online school in Colorado, Colorado Virtual Academy
·         Started a Math framework for all elementary students and staff in pursuit of sound math principles and practices in all District Twelve classrooms
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James Christensen. "2000-2003 | Superintendent, Adams 12 Five Star Schools" (2000)
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