John Ross Elementary in Edmond has achieved the prestigious honor of being named a Great Expectations Model School-the fourth school in Edmond to achieve the designation.

The Great Expectations® (GE) teaching/training model is guided by six basic principles and further defined by 17 classroom practices that allow students to become self-directed learners, productive citizens, critical thinkers and contributors in the classroom as well as in society.

“The school is truly a shining star in the community, state and nation. The staff and faculty are to be highly commended for their efforts,” said Dr. Linda Dzialo, president and CEO of Great Expectations.

The Great Expectations Program, founded in 1991, is a scientifically-based research educational reform model that empowers teachers to expect and obtain the best from students.

“Great Expectations is a teaching framework that combines the best practices of instruction and character development by merging a culture of respect with academic excellence,” said Associate Superintendent Ruthie Riggs.  “The program helps children develop the social skills and character traits that nurture their hearts while the classroom practices used by teachers build their brains.”

The basic principles of the program are: high expectations for students, a learning climate based on mutual respect between student and teacher, student self-esteem, a belief that all students can learn, positive teacher attitude, and highly skilled and knowledgeable teachers who inspire and enable students to achieve success.  More than 40,000 educators have been trained in the GE Methodology.  There are currently 106 GE Model schools in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

More information about the program can be found at