(January 25, 2008) Schools across the country are adapting to their changing populations. One such school in southern Louisiana once served primarily English-speaking and Spanish-speaking students. But now, after Hurricane Katrina it now serves students who speak Urdu, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic, Spanish and English. In the midst of this change, the school has ranked in the top three Jefferson Parish campuses for three years in a row. Elementary principal, Sandy Doland, shares how she has transformed her campus to succeed during a time of dramatic population changes. Sandy is interviewed by Hector Bojorquez, IDRA’s technology specialist. Send comments to
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Show notes * Host Hector Bojorquez, IDRA's technology specialist, welcomes guest Sandy Doland, an elementary school principal from Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, for a discussion of how she has transformed her campus to succeed during a time of dramatic population changes.
* Sandy describes her vision of excellence for students, parents, and staff.
* Sandy talks about how the changing population in her school, as well as the importance of meeting the needs of all ethnic groups.
* Sandy discusses the impact that Hurricane Katrina has had on the culture of the school.
* Sandy talks about the leadership team she has put into place over the last five years, and the role that group has – and will continue to have – at the school.
* Sandy discusses her school's parent-involvement programs.
* Hector asks Sandy for her advice on transforming student outcomes from "mediocrity to magnificence."
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