Citizens Bank to Co-Sponsor Educator’s Event: ‘Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning’

Date of Release: 
Friday, April 12, 2013

BATESVILLE – April 12, 2013 – Educators from 16 school districts in a six county area have been invited to a presentation entitled, “Focus:  Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning,” to be held April 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.  The general public is also invited to the presentation at no charge.

Internationally known educator and author Dr. Mike Schmoker will lead the presentation, which is based on his latest book, which carries the same title. 

“Dr. Schmoker’s visit to our area is extremely timely as we review our district’s teaching methods to determine whether we need to revamp our instructional curriculum,” said Dr. Randy Willison, Batesville school superintendent.  “We have engaged Dr. Schmoker to visit our schools, assess what we are doing in the classroom and provide us with feedback to help guide our efforts toward excellence in education.” 

Citizens Bank is a co-sponsor of Dr. Schmoker’s appearance and the work he will do with the Batesville district.  “We really appreciate Citizens Bank for their generous support of this event, and all of our instructional and extra-curricular programs,” Dr. Willison said.

“Quality education is the key to meaningful growth for our community,” said John Dews, President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Bank, which is Presenting Sponsor of this event.  “We all must be actively involved in the process of determining how to provide our children with the best and most opportunities to succeed.”

Dr. Schmoker has gained notoriety for his books “Results: The Key to Continuous School Improvement” and “Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning.”  He has served as keynote speaker at hundreds of state, national and international events and has consulted for school districts and state and provincial education departments throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia.

In its review of his latest book, Amazon.com says Dr. Schmoker “describes a plan for radically improving student learning that is built on three core elements: a focused and coherent curriculum (what we teach); clear, prioritized lessons (how we teach); and purposeful reading and writing, or authentic literacy.  With this ‘less is more’ philosophy, educators can help students learn content at a deeper level, develop greater critical thinking skills, and discover more clearly how content-area concepts affect their lives and the world around them.

“Both a call to action and a blueprint for creating more effective classrooms, ‘Focus: Elevating the Essentials for Radically Improved Student Learning’ will challenge your assumptions about schooling and show how educators who have embraced this approach quickly achieved spectacular results.”

To obtain additional information about Dr. Schmoker’s presentation, call the Batesville School District, 870-793-6831.

About The Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County.  Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties.  The bank operates 10 fully staffed financial centers in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Mountain View and Pleasant Plains.