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JAMES LYNG PRINCIPAL TO REPRESENT EMSB AT PRESTIGIOUS WASHINGTON CONFERENCE ON SINGLE-SEX CLASSROOMS

MONTREAL, AUGUST 13, 2003 Wayne Commeford, the principal of James Lyng High School in St. Henri, will be a keynote speaker at the first annual conference on Single-Sex Education in North American Public Schools on Friday, August 22 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. (529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Frank Holeman Conference Room Washington DC.).

The conference is being organized by the National Association for Single Sex Public Education (www.SingleSexSchools.org), the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to the advancement of single-sex education within the public school system.

Mr. Commeford will be part of a 9:15 a.m. panel addressing the transition from co-ed schooling to single-sex organizational models. He will be joined by two other principals from Washington, D.C. and Seattle, Washington. Conference organizers describe the schools the principals come from as regular public institutions, located in low-income districts of large cities, where low test scores and discipline problems ran rampant. The principals each share the fact that they took the decision to re-invent their respective schools with a single-sex format encompassing exclusive classes for boys and girls. In each case, test scores soared, students' attitudes towards learning improved, and discipline problems ebbed.

James Lyng introduced single-sex classrooms in 1997-98.



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca