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Why #WeAchieveTogether: Superintendent Jeff Eakins

September 05, 2018 - Employee Excellence

The school year has begun, and with it comes a new initiative for Hillsborough County Public Schools: Achievement Schools. We are launching a new social media/blog series, called “Why #WeAchieveTogether,” to highlight the stories of our teachers, school leaders and community members dedicated to our Achievement Schools.

For our first week of “Why #WeAchieveTogether,” two Achievement Schools teachers - Sligh Middle School teacher Cristina Vega and Woodson Leadership Academy teacher Paul Johnson - sat down with Superintendent Jeff Eakins to talk about our district's new plan to level the playing field for all of our students.

The Achievement Schools initiative is about shifting the focus of how we support our high-need schools and doing so through the lens of equity. To do this, we will steer support and resources, and position experienced, highly effective teachers and leaders in our 50 Achievement Schools.

The Achievement School initiative has three main goals: 1. Increase the number of students performing at or above grade level in reading and mathematics within three years of implementation. 2. Every school will achieve sustained success (three years of a “C” grade or higher) and be considered a “model school.” 3. The number of Achievement Schools will decrease from 50 to 0 by 2025.

We don’t have unlimited resources, but through this new approach, we will be better positioned to leverage and direct resources and funds to our schools with the highest needs.

Our community partners are another key component of this. We want them to be behind our teachers and leaders, advocating for them in our community.

Ultimately, this initiative is all about making sure the entire Hillsborough County community thrives. The best way we can do this is to ensure that all 250 schools in our district are hitting on all cylinders.

Supporting the needs of our students through the lens of equity: that is what our Achievement Schools are all about.

This is Why #WeAchieveTogether.

Do you know a dedicated Achievement Schools leader, teacher or community member who you would like to see featured in Why #WeAchieveTogether? To nominate someone, contact Kendra Oestreich, Communications:

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