RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Gomez proud of RSD accomplishments

By Bill Tiedje

Although outgoing Superintendent Cheryl Gomez's forced resignation was accepted by the Ridgway School Board on April 8, she is proud to speak of the school district's accomplishments in the past year.

Gomez has been at the helm while the school district weathered a number of reforms, including a new method of teacher evaluations, induction programs and curriculum changes.
At Ridgway School District, incorporation of state-mandated leadership programs has focused on instructional strategies, teacher to teacher support and mentoring of newer teachers.
"Being an educator is high energy work," said Gomez, explaining the importance of these support mechanisms.
Over the past year, nine staff members also participated in a six day "Theory in Action" workshop in Durango, understanding how state reforms work and how to implement them at RSD.
Mathematics has been another district wide focus. The new math curriculum, known as Bridges Math, has been adopted at the elementary school.

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