Blog Author: Dr. Kim Alexander, CEO, Collegiate Edu-Nation
Having been heavily engaged in farming for 51 years now (no I’m not 80 years old – my brother and I rented our first 60 acre cotton patch in 1970 when I was a freshman in high school), I have learned over the years that certain things, like the weather, are beyond my control. Yes, God is in control of the weather, and He has taken good care of me over the years, even when He serves up weather patterns that I wouldn’t necessarily have requested. So, I have learned to take the hand I have been dealt (over 25” of rain since May 1 on land that typically receives 21” per year) and tried to use that to my advantage. We’ll see how this one plays out, but God is in control, so I’m not worried!
I recently attended the 2021 Model Schools Conference in Nashville, where Roscoe Collegiate ISD was one of ten school districts from around the country (there were also multiple campuses represented) invited to showcase innovation. Necessity is truly the mother of invention, so much of the innovation in Roscoe over the past 20 years has been due to the realization that what we had been doing had not been working very well for many of our students. So, with much of God’s abundant grace, we were able to turn crisis into opportunity!
I forwarded the keynote address from Model Schools Conference founder, Dr. Bill Daggett, to all CEN Network Schools in hopes that they would show it to everyone within their spheres of influence. I have been following his work for over 20 years now, and I appreciate the way “He splains things where even a redneck cotton farmer from Roscoe can understand it!” In many ways, the current 20th Century Education System is still preparing students for our past instead of their 21stCentury futures. So, what’s the opportunity here?
The CEN Network of High Performing Rural Schools has been invited to become a part of the AASA Learning 2025 Initiative, in which all schools in the CEN Network will become National Demonstration Sites for Innovation. These state and national models for 90% post-secondary credential attainment for ALL students is the new “Gold Standard for the Highest Student Expectations and Outcomes in the Nation”. The higher the adult expectation, the greater the student aspiration, and the greater the aspiration, the greater the outcome. No, that’s not rocket science, just some old-fashioned country common sense!
I hope you will join us in this once in a lifetime opportunity to change the world one child at a time! Our children are our future! Yes, the CEN Glass is half full and filling up in a hurry!