14 years of classroom experience working with disproportionately affected students --
introducing Mr. Wes Hall
In 2007 Wes Hall introduced the "You Are Money," Elective Course to the Omaha Public School District. Superintendent, Dr. John Mackiel granted approval and piloted the program. The Elective Course, taught by Mr. Wes Hall was an immediate success. Word spread rapidly and the course garnered local television news coverage.
After two successful years transforming the lives of at-risk students, teachers began to ask Mr. Hall to share his strategies on how to re-engage disengaged students. Mr. Hall shared his strategies through a Professional Development training at the district's "Best-Practices Summit." The local news station gained knowledge that Mr. Hall was presenting and covered his presentation.
Below you will find a letter from the Coordinator of Staff Development Services
Mr. Hall has conducted one of the most in-depth ongoing independent studies measuring the attitudes and behaviors of students who emanate from economically challenged communities pertaining to education and its impact on their future financial well-being. He is considered one of the nation's premier experts in this area of study. Mr. Hall Co-Created the Los Angeles Unified School District's "Young Men/Women of Color Initiative," and is currently the Lead Consultant to that project.
From P.L.A.S. (Persistently Low Achieving School)-- to waiting list. How we helped South High School grow and glow!
South High School was like many underperforming schools, the most dysfunctional students dictated the environment, teachers felt under-appreciated and in many instances under siege, classrooms were unruly, parental involvement was minimal (unless of course you account for the angry parent showing up and threatening to burn down the school). Within 2 years we helped to turn the school around.
When we arrived the student enrollment was 1700 with a capacity of 2500. The Basketball team had never won a championship and recruitment was a challenge. The Soccer team was good but had never won a championship. In year 3 the Basketball team won State, the Soccer team won State, and enrollment was at capacity, with a waiting list.
We implemented a "Student Contract," that each student signed agreeing to make South High School a "Safe Haven," and their personal responsibility. We extended that contract to the neighborhood, including the MS13 Gang Members (who actually agreed to abide by our rules - for the sake of the children), each teacher participated in our mandatory "Relationship Building Workshop Series," a Hallway system was put into place, an Afterschool W.I.N. Program (credit recovery and Tutoring) was made available in the Library, and Parents were treated to our, Parent Motivational Series, "Never Give Up On Your Dreams!"
Word spread rapidly of the new face and attitude of the school. Parents got involved and supported our efforts. Teachers exhibited a renewed energy and belief. The school transformed. Recruitment increased and both the Soccer and Basketball teams benefited. South High went from being a P.L.A.S to a shining light in the district.
What do others say about mr. Hall's training workshops?
hear first-hand from participants ... below
Los Angeles Unified School District
University of San Diego
ISANA ACADEMIES CHARTER ORGANIZATION
Here a live video testimonial from the Chief Academic Officer of Isana Academies, about the training - click here