Elements Come Together to Create Positive School Atmosphere

B. F. Terry High School, Rosenberg, Tex.

The elements are coming together at B. F. Terry High School in Rosenberg, Tex., as staff, parents, and students work together to create an environment that promotes effective learning. Although 6 out of 10 students at B. F. Terry live in poverty, gone are the days of poor school culture and marginal engagement in class.

Principal Vera Wehring encourages the practice of strategies from Breaking Ranks I: collaboration; personalization; and curriculum, instruction, and assessment. With attention on professional development and making teachers accessible to students throughout the day, this 2011 Breakthrough School (as awarded by the MetLife Foundation and whole child partner National Association of Secondary School Principals) hosts a positive school culture and truly fosters high achievement.

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