Approximately 130 Strait Regional School Board staff members including school administrators and teachers from all schools in the Strait Region, as well as staff from the Department of Programs and Student Services, members of Regional Office and School Board members took part in an exceptional learning opportunity entitled Overcoming the Achievement Gap on Thursday, September 24, 2015, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. The session was facilitated by Dr. Anthony Muhammad, an internationally renowned leading expert in the areas of school culture and organizational climate.
Paul Landry, Director of Programs and Student Services explained that Dr. Muhammad’s presentation focused on four critical areas including school culture, school structure, quality instruction, and parent and community involvement. “The professional development session was organized as an opportunity for those staff who are working in professional learning communities and collaborative learning teams on school improvement to learn from an expert in the field,” said Mr. Landry. “Our staff will now take what they have learned and apply it in their own school communities to enhance student achievement and success.”
Dr. Anthony Muhammad is one of the most sought after educational consultants in North America. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of New Frontier 21 Consulting, a company dedicated to providing cutting-edge professional development to schools all over the world. Dr. Muhammad served as a practitioner for nearly twenty years. During this time, he served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal, and high school principal. Dr. Muhammad’s tenure as a practitioner has earned him several awards as both a teacher and a principal. His work has allowed him to work with schools in ten Canadian provinces, all 50 U.S. states, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Dr. Muhammad is a best-selling author of a number of books including Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap: Liberating Mindsets to Effect Change (2015); The Will to Lead and the Skill to Teach; Transforming Schools at Every Level (2011); Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division (2009); and a contributing author to the book The Collaborative Administrator: Working Together as a Professional Learning Community (2008). Dr. Muhammad has published 26 articles in education journals and publications in seven different countries.