Pearman 2nd school to be called 'Ready'
by Chance Wright
Nov 13, 2012 | 2636 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Karen Sawyers, educational services program manager for High Scope Educational Research Foundation, presents Pearman Principal Jonnie Shumpert with a certificate acknowledging the school's certification as a "Ready School." On Monday, Pearman became the second school in the nation to receive such certification.
Karen Sawyers, educational services program manager for High Scope Educational Research Foundation, presents Pearman Principal Jonnie Shumpert with a certificate acknowledging the school's certification as a "Ready School." On Monday, Pearman became the second school in the nation to receive such certification.
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For much of the past decade, the teachers, staff, parents and student body have been working toward achieving a single goal – to receive "Ready School" certification from the High Scope Education Research Foundation along with the Southern Regional Office of the Children's Defense Fund's SPARK MS initiative.

On Monday, Pearman's goal was finally realized when Karen Sawyers, education services program manager for High Scope, visited the campus and presented the administration with an award's certificate verifying the school's certification.

"We began working toward this certification in 2006," said Patsy Clerk, program coordinator for Pearman. "It has been a long, hard road but we finally got here."

With Monday's celebration, Pearman became only the second school in the nation to be certified as a "Ready School."

The Ready School Assessment looks at school policies and practices supportive of and critical to the success of children as they enter and begin their elementary school careers.

"The Cleveland School District went through a process similar to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation to achieve this goal," Clerk continued. "The school assembled a team of community partners that included the principal, teachers, parents and earl education providers who reviewed and collected evidence to demonstrate that Pearman Elementary meets the criteria for being a ready school."

The Ready School certification demonstrates that a school meets certain standards of readiness in the areas of leadership, transitions, teacher support, engaging environments, effective curricula, a family school and community partnerships.

"The Ready School Assessment is a planning tool that provides schools with specific, clear and comprehensive information about their strengths and challenges," Sawyers explained. "This is the kind of information that is essential in creating a supportive educational environment for entering children.

The High Scope Educational Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that focuses on curriculum development, child and program assessments, publishing, professional development and research for early childhood education.

"The High Scope Foundation was established by funding support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation," said Sawyers.

"I began working with Pearman in 2006 and at times it has been a slow process," she continued. "But, I realized that change takes time and so we provided the framework and this community provided the support.

"So, with that being said I hope that everybody here that has had anything to do with obtaining this certification has better things to say about it today that when we first started," she continued.