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NEW School Rules Blog

The NEW School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools is both a practical guide for how to improve the practices of schools and districts as well as a thoughtful examination of the self-imposed barriers that can get in the way of getting work done in organizations.

Chas Coker and Kelly Freiheit

Chas Coker is an assistant principal at Wando High School located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He has ten years of experience in education as an administrator and a teacher. Before getting into education, Chas attended undergrad at Clemson University. Currently he helps develop professional development, assists with athletics, and helps recruit and hire teachers at Wando. He has a wonderful wife named Whitney who is also an educator at Wando and together they have a one year old daughter named Kennedy and three year old golden doodle named Ellie. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Chas at charles_coker@charleston.k12.sc.us. Kelly is on the Design and Implementation Team. Kelly is a former science blended learning teacher from Charlotte, NC. She began to recognize the parallels between her life as a struggling reader in elementary school and her work on education’s front lines. Kelly knew she loved collaboration, camaraderie, and the pursuit of a common goal, but hadn’t drawn the connection between those passions and the career she now counts among them. Outside of work you can find Kelly relaxing on a yoga mat or spending time with family and friends.

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Organizational Leadership & Change Management

Building Experts Within a Responsive Team

The impetus for change at a high school with over 200+ staff members came this school year when a group of enthusiastic leaders was determined to see the vision of student-centered learning live inside and outside of the hallways at Wando High School. Like many high schools around the country, members of the 21st Century Learning Team (also known as a School PL Team) of the largest high school in Charleston County School District were struggling to get the message and communication out to their own staff members. Overall, the staff was aware of the vision for the work but unclear on the indicators of the implementation and how the school was measuring success.

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