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1997-2000 | Superintendent, Sheridan County School District No. 2
  • James Christensen, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver
·         Supervised 3,500 students and 550 employees with a twenty-one million dollar budget
·         Recognized by Parent Magazine as becoming one of the top one hundred academic performing school districts in the nation over the three-year period of 1997 – 2000
·         Recognized by the State of Wyoming as the exemplary district for foreign language in elementary. Supported by becoming the recipient of a $300,000 grant to model for other school districts in the State of Wyoming
·         Recognized by Wyoming Public Television in a documentary of model programs that support brain research and shows results in student achievement through literacy and performing arts
·         Improved Terra Nova Standardized test scores in reading by 12%; math by 20%; and language by 25% from 1999 – 2000
·         Became the first District in Wyoming to achieve full implementation status as a
o   Reading Recovery site with the hiring of ten Reading Recovery teachers
·         Reached an eighty-six percent success rate with first grade level students reading at grade level by the end of first grade
·         Maintained grade level reading students for three years following intervention of Reading Recovery
·         Selected by California State University to become a demonstration site for Literacy
o   Coordinator Training for the Rocky Mountain Region
·         Selected as a demonstration site for State of Wyoming with over 500 teachers visiting literacy instruction
·         Utilized three literacy coordinators in the district for instructional improvement
·         Chosen by the State Superintendent of Instruction as one of two superintendents to attend the National Leadership Conference at Ohio state University, 1998
·         Reduced dropout rates of students in grades 10 – 12 by twenty-five percent
·         Recognized by the State Department of Education as developing the role model At-
o   Risk Intervention program in Wyoming
·         Developed a Comprehensive Plan for five years for all District programs
·         Implemented a Data Management System monitoring student results
·         Created standards and assessments for all content areas and grade levels
·         Organized the first Alternative School in the county and added a second Alternative
o   School in joint partnership with Veteran Affairs Hospital
·         Initiated the first Police/School Task Force for communication in Wyoming
·         Developed Foreign Language, Orchestra and Musical Keyboarding program for all K-5 students
·         Reduced class size from 22:1 to 16:1 in primary education
·         Initiated a new district developed math framework program for all elementary teachers utilizing math coordinators in the learning environment
·         Initiated a Math Recovery program for all students in the bottom twenty-five percentile according to standardized math scores in elementary school
·         District Math program is being considered by the State of New York for math program adoption
·         Started the first Special Education/Title I comprehensive literacy program for teachers through California State University
·         Scheduled meetings every week with a school faculty for maximum communication effectiveness
·         Held monthly public meetings at school sites for direction in reorganizing our space to reduce class size in upper elementary and secondary classrooms
·         Initiated the Partners-in-Print program for parent literacy engagement at all elementary schools
·         Implemented a three-year VISTA Americorps grant for elementary literacy in all
o   schools
Publication Date
Citation Information
James Christensen. "1997-2000 | Superintendent, Sheridan County School District No. 2" (1997)
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