Sugarland Named Model School

Sugarland Elementary has been named a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Sugarland is the first Loudoun County elementary school to earn this designation.

The Center, founded by Dr. Bill Daggett, has a mission of “observing, studying and supporting the transformation of the nation’s most rapidly improving schools.”

Daggett described the criteria for being named a Model School.

“Model Schools are not necessarily the highest ranked in the state; however, they are schools that are experiencing rapid growth in student achievement; schools that are deliberately working to shift the culture to one of high expectations for all students; or schools that are working through challenges, such as high poverty rates, large populations of English learners, or an unsettling number of homeless students and are beating the odds. They are also the ‘good’ schools making strides toward greatness. But, most importantly, they are the schools that are providing a safe and trusting environment where a love for learning is fostered every day.”

Under the leadership of Principal Dr. Gail Brady and Assistant Principal Dr. Gregory Mihalik, Sugarland’s “Dream Team” (the entire staff) has transformed the school, so all students experience success.

The Sugarland team will deliver a presentation at the 2019 Model Schools Conference. It will present the school’s journey toward implementing authentic and personalized learning, while meeting the needs of students with a community-school approach. The conference will be held June 23rd through 26th in Washington, D.C.