Change is never easy. Sustained change in education is particularly difficult. To get the desired results, all of the stakeholders must have a shared vision for learning. It is a process not a destination. Brewer Elementary School has been in the process of change in the past several years. Brewer is in the heart of Columbus, Georgia. The school opened in 1991. The building itself is a welcome focal point in a community of apartments, low rent housing, trailer parks and businesses. It is a safe, clean, happy place for children to learn. The school currently has approximately 520 students in pre-kindergarten thru fifth grade. There is a high population of special education students served at the school in the mildly intellectually disabled, severe/profound, learning disabled and behavior disordered programs. Ninety-two percent of the children are African American, four percent Caucasian, two percent Hispanic and two percent are of mixed race. There is an even distribution of male and female students.
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LaFortune, J., & Wood, C. (2005). Building a Framework for Change. Perspectives In Learning, 6 (1). Retrieved from http://csuepress.columbusstate.edu/pil/vol6/iss1/4