United States Secretary of Education Recognizes Clyde A. Erwin High School for Putting Student Needs First
A recent national grant was awarded to Erwin High School for it’s ongoing work to improve school climate and school culture. Brian Powchak, Behavior Specialist, and Andrew McCabe, Exceptional Children’s Teacher have worked with administration and staff to implement changes in the operation of In-School-Suspension program to better support the social and emotional needs of students. Also, in February two teachers will travel to California to be trained in a freshman orientation program called the Link Crew which will transform how incoming freshman interact and navigate the school. There were over 500 applicants for this nationwide grant through the ASCD organization, and Erwin was selected as one of only 17 to receive this prestigious award. As a result of Erwin High being awarded the grant, Mr. McCabe was invited to attend a “tea with teachers” in Washington DC, at the Department of Education Building. While there, Mr. McCabe spoke to Secretary King about the work that Mr. Powchak has been leading to make sure that student needs are met in all areas, social, emotional, behavioral, as well as academic. Mr. McCabe reported that it was a great honor to meet with the secretary, and that he was very grateful to the ASCD organization for awarding them the funds to implement their new programs to meet student needs. “I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful school, and honored to meet with Secretary King in recognition of the work we are doing.” Andrew McCabe, EC teacher, Erwin High.