• While the 2016-17 school year may be winding down, there is still so much to look forward to here at Collier County Public Schools!

    I am so proud to announce Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) has been recommended for full AdvancED accreditation. Last month, the District welcomed an External Review Team from AdvancED, an international agency accrediting over 34,000 schools and school systems. The 10-person team (five team members from Florida and five team members from outside Florida) spent four weeks reviewing approximately 10,000 artifacts as well as survey results from 32,000 stakeholders prior to conducting an on-site External Review. The team spoke with 382 individuals during the four-day visit including parents, community members, school, and District staff. Team members utilized the Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool® (eleot®) in observing 128 classrooms across 18 schools the team randomly selected to visit. CCPS earned an overall score of 329.51, significantly above the AdvancED International Network Average of 278.34. Lead Evaluator, Dr. Edlow Barker, observed, “From the Superintendent to the teachers to the administrators, we saw an attitude of ‘we are going to make this work for our kids.’” He found that while classrooms were purposeful and focused, learning is both fun and engaging. Superintendent, Dr. Elisabeth Davis, an AdvancED Team Member, called CCPS a model school district. Dr. Barker concluded his presentation stating, “I have five grandchildren and I would feel very comfortable sending them to any Collier County school.” This is certainly a testament to our phenomenal students, teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, community members, and business partners.

    I am looking forward to our two upcoming Virtual Town Hall meetings. The first, “Social Media: Keeping Your Child Safe” is March 29. The second will focus on substance abuse and drug awareness and will be on April 25. Both events will be located at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. but can be streamed to your computer or electronic device through the District website. You can also watch the event at our remote viewing locations, iTECH in Immokalee or Everglades City School.

    I am extremely excited for our next social media event—this time on Facebook Live. Join me on the district Facebook page (www.facebook.com/collierschools) on May 18 at 6 p.m. You can comment your questions and I will answer them in real time. See you there!

    There are a lot of great academic events in the upcoming months as well! I am so looking forward to the annual High School Solar Go-Kart Challenge and the culminating event of the year, the iSTEAM Competition. I would also like to wish good luck to the Immokalee High School VEX Robotics team. They’ll be bringing two robots to the VEX Robotics World Championship in April. Good luck, Indians!

    Let’s finish the final semester strong! I cannot wait to see what #CCPSSuccess is in store for the rest of the school year!


    Kamela Patton

    Dr. Kamela Patton

    Tel (239) 377-0001