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Lincoln County administrator named assistant principal of year Print E-mail

julie-lafayette.jpgJulie Lafayette, assistant principal of Taft 7-12 School, has been selected as the Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year.  With an enrollment of 716, the rural school in Lincoln County had faced some behavioral and achievement challenges in past years.

Now in her third year at Taft, Lafayette has helped to lead the school toward a proficiency-based system to increase student achievement.  The school has also implemented a Positive Behavior System (PBS) plan.  The combination, along with collaboration from staff, has resulted in a huge decrease in referrals and gain in attendance at the school.   Under the PBS plan, the number of students at Taft needing credit recovery decreased more than 80 percent.

Lafayette also teaches college level workshops and gives trainings on how to design proficiency-based school structures.  Because of the numerous requests for information, she has written three soon-to-be-published books on the topic. 

Taft Principal Scott Reed, says this: “Ms. Lafayette makes learning personal to every learner, and she encourages the same in others.  Taft’s current focus on personalized learning and multiple options for students are the result of Julie’s mantra of meeting the needs of every student. “

Lafayette will be recognized at the COSA Assistant Principals’ Conference March 15, as well as the annual COSA Conference June 24-25.  In addition, she will attend the State and National Assistant Principals’ Forum and Awards dinner in Washington D.C. April 21-24.