Sallie B. Howard School leaders present to the State Board of Education

By December 3, 2021 News

This week, leaders from Sallie B. Howard School of Arts & Science provided a presentation to the N.C. State Board of Education about their success in closing achievement gaps. A Coalition member school, Sallie B. received a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School Award–the only public charter school in the state to win the award.

Sallie B. has a long track record of success as a North Carolina charter school. The school launched in 1997 in Wilson as one of the state’s original public charter schools. Sallie B. opened with 283 students. Now, the school serves more than 1,000 students on a 9-acre campus with a new biotechnology lab.

Kudos to Sandeep Aggarwal, Coalition Board Vice Chair

We were especially proud to see Sandeep Aggarwal, Coalition Board Vice Chair, present, along with Sallie B. founder Dr. Joanne Woodard. Sandeep is Assistant Director and Dean of Business, Technology & Cultural Affairs at Sallie B. Here’s a picture of Sandeep presenting this week.

Sandeep Aggarwal presents to the N.C. State Board of Education.

A curriculum and culture that extend beyond math and reading

Sallie B. provides a holistic approach to education, affirming the unique capacities of each student. Here’s an excerpt from the school’s write-up on the National Blue Ribbon page:

“Our success in closing the achievement gap is due to the curriculum and culture we’ve created that goes beyond developing students’ reading and math skills. Our program rewards a variety of intelligences and encourages students to discover their talents … We maintain high expectations and use research-based instructional practices aimed at instilling strong work habits, critical-thinking skills, creativity, passion, and joy among students.”

Find the presentation here — or click on the image from the presentation below.

Congratulations to these charter leaders and to Sallie B. Howard School!