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Education WE VOL. 32, NO. Austin Obasohan N EWS PAPE R OF R ECOR D • © 2012 Editorial Projects in Educatio n ▲ Ek : 13 • DECEBM ER 5, 2012 BREAKIN G NEWS DAILY Education WEEk Reprints and PDF Articles Available Black-and-white and full-color reprints of Education WEEk articles are available. Each custom-designed reprint is featured in newspaper format with our Education WEEk logo, just as it appeared in the paper, formatted onto quality 81/2 x 11 paper! Bevel for Education Dance instruc tor Beth Eppler applies algebra ic concepts to dance choreo graphy with 9th graders. A+ Schools Infu sing the Arts, Other Princip les Into Study State networks gain attention Erik W. Robelen Photos by Shane COLLEGE FOR ALL E DUCAT ION’S Week AM E R ICAN and momentum known feature , is the networ Oklahoma City k’s phasis on the arts, both in their strong em- 2011 arts As a group of education report Oklahoma princip own right and infused across from the Presithe curriculum. 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Program: • National/International Reputation • Dissertation Starts on Day One • Cohort Model of 30 Students • Intensive 2-year program: 10 Weekends, Two 4 week Summer sessions. • Personal Care and Support BY CARALEE ADAMS A fter Austin Obasohan visited Duplin Early College High School on the campus of James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville, N.C., he was inspired. The academic expectations for students were high there, and nearly all students were graduating from high school— most with an associate degree. The then-new superintendent of the 9,375-student Duplin County schools said to himself: If this is working, why not offer it to all students? “We want a unified commitment to give every child the same opportunity,” says Obasohan, who came on the job in July 2010. “We can no longer afford pockets of excellence. We want to make sure that every, every, every child in Duplin County experiences what early-college students are experiencing. “That’s why we decided to scale up,” he says. “Because we think it would be an injustice to deprive any child.” Determined to start children thinking about college as early as prekindergarten, Obasohan began to call for a districtwide early-college system. With the model, students in all five district high schools have a chance to earn college credit. And, to prepare students for morerigorous courses, elementary and middle schools plant the seeds of postsecondary aspiration and foster a college-going culture. Now, Duplin County is the only school system in North Carolina and one of two in the nation to implement districtwide early college. (The other is the Hidalgo school district in Texas.) The seamless education model was adopted by the Duplin County school board in 2011, a year after Obasohan became schools chief. Meanwhile, the high school graduation rate in the county has risen, growing from 71 percent in 2009-10 to 80.7 percent in 2011-12, and some local educators trace that improvement to the expansion of the early-college model and other initiatives begun by Obasohan. Located in the rural southeast part of the state, the district is made up of roughly equal percentages of white, Hispanic, and African-American students. About 70 percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Among the county’s adults, 80 percent have no postsecondary credential. Now Accepting Applications for Cohort XVII For more information, call 1-800-313-9833, email, or go to “The knowledge and skills acquired at Seton Hall and the network of cohort colleagues were essential elements to my career advancement.” Jason E. Glass, Ed.D. ’11 Iowa’s State Director (Commissioner) of Education 400 South Orange Ave. • South Orange, NJ 07079 Raising Expectations A transplant from Nigeria, the 53-year-old Obasohan has a marketing degree from Sussex College of Technology in England and earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. In his 30-year career in education, he has worked with public schools in Alabama, Virginia, and North Carolina. When Dana Diesel Wallace first met Obasohan two years ago, she was struck by the clarity of his vision of preparing all students for success early. Wallace is the vice president for school and district support at North Carolina New Schools, in Raleigh, a public-private advocacy organization for innovation in education, and works with Duplin County on strategies to expand the early college and train teachers. “They have done incredible outreach to every entity in their community, … to business, faith-based organizations. It really is growing a communitywide vision,” says Wallace. “I’m unaware of any other district that has taken as deep of a dive as Austin has taken his district.” Obasohan started by listening. He formed advisory groups for teachers, parents, and students— each of which meets monthly. He says he heard “a yearning for innovation and change. I sensed a very bold cry for preparing our children for careers and college.” Tarla Smith, the executive director of career/technical education Great change begins with great ideas. The education I experienced at Peabody prepared me to understand and confront the challenges in the health care industry. I now have the skills and connections to deliver value to my organization and the patients I serve. Ashley Mace Krueger, B.S. human & organizational development (health and human services) Explore Our Difference LEADERS TO LEARN FROM > EDUCATION WEEK • February 6, 2013 | S23

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Education Week - February 6, 2013 - Special Report
Dropout Reduction
English-Learner Education
School Turnarounds
Rural Enrollment
Special Education
District-Union Partnership
Parent Engagement
School Climate
College Readiness
Digital Access
Social Networking
Student Discipline
Smart Growth
Stem Education

Education Week - February 6, 2013 - Special Report