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hoto courtesy of Pam Williams, Bethesda Elementary School

You have to get
staff, students,
and parents in
the boat with you.
They won't get in
if they don't know
where they're
going and that
they'll be safe
along the way."
-Pam Williams, principal,
Bethesda Elementary School,
Lawrenceville, GA

Hudson acknowledges that she "took
some hits," but she stayed committed
to her vision for Fairview. To combat the
school's chronic disciplinary problems,
she and her staff launched a program
to reward students for good behavior
and academic progress. Recipients are
recognized at schoolwide assemblies.
Morning announcements now start
with a student reminding classmates
to uphold the school motto, SOAR:
show respect, be outstanding citizens,
accept responsibility, and rise to the
occasion. And students are more likely
to visit Hudson's office because they've
earned a prize for good conduct than

for misbehaving. "When you support kids and build relationships with
them, then you have kids engaged in
learning," Hudson says. "That's what
changes outcomes."
In 2016, Fairview shed its "red" label
with some of the strongest gains on
state tests in the district. For two years
running, it's been recognized as one
of 33 high-poverty schools making the
most academic progress in Colorado.
Now that Fairview is a "green" school
and meeting expectations for achievement and growth, Hudson and her staff
already have their sights set on becoming a "blue," or distinguished, school.

"It's really motivated our teachers to do
even better," she says. "We can be the
school that others want to be."
Fairview has also become a place
where educators want to work: Teacher
retention has steadily rebounded, with
no resignations the past two years.

Tapping Into Family
Additionally, principals stress the role
families play in shaping and realizing
a vision of academic success for all
students. When Martin became principal
at Commodore, one of his first moves
was tearing down a tall counter in the
front office that stood like a barrier to

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