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November 2014

Honoree: Metro Technology Centers Category Innovative building design/philosophy

Program: "Go Green" Career Tech School

A new career academy in the Metro Technology Centers was the first “Go Green” Gold LEED-certified career and technology education building in Oklahoma.

With 50 percent of in-district students dropping out after eighth grade and approximately 1,700 homeless students, there was a great need within Oklahoma City for a full-service community school.

Honoree: Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township Category Portfolio strategy/school choice

Program: Bold Choices; New Beginnings

In 2009, the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township had two high-achieving magnet schools that were filled through a lottery system. After a year-long study, the district decided to redesign elementary instruction to increase magnet school openings.

Honoree: Metropolitan School District of Pike Township Category Graduation rate

Program: Title: Providing Opportunities with Everyone Reconnecting (POWER)

To tackle a 73 percent graduation rate at Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, administrators launched in 2006 Providing Opportunities with Everyone Reconnecting (POWER).

Honoree: Mount Airy City Schools Category STEM

Program: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Category: STEM

Mount Airy City Schools needed a new model to help students meet North Carolina’s more rigorous, Common Core-based college readiness standards while also training teachers to teach the enhanced curriculum.

Honoree: Napa Valley USD Category College/career readiness

Program: Napa NexTech: Transforming Public Schools for the 21st Century

On the College Work and Readiness Assessment, Napa New Tech High (NTH) has a 98 percent graduation and 85 percent college-going rate. Many former New Tech student interns are offered jobs with local employers when they return from college.

Honoree: Northfield Public Schools Category Graduation rate

Program: TORCH: "Tackling Obstacles, Raising College Hopes" for Latino, Low Income, First Generation College Students

The Northfield Public Schools struggled to address the needs of its Latino population. In 2005, the district graduation rate was over 91 percent but only 36 percent of its Latino students were finishing high school.

Honoree: Olathe Public Schools Category Early learning

Program: Camp Kindergarten

Starting early is the Olathe Public Schools course of action to catch students before they fail.

Ten of the 35 elementary schools in the Olathe district are Title 1 schools with an at-risk percentage of 50 to over 90 percent. These schools have enrolled kindergarten classes with little academic or behavioral information about incoming students.

Honoree: Otsego Public Schools Category Student achievement

Program: Fill the Gaps Fall

Scores on the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) were declining for several years at Otsego Public Schools. So the district found a way to identify and address gaps in learning earlier than test day.

Honoree: Richmond County School System Category BYOD 1-to-1 or other district-wide technology initiative

Program: Surplus Computer Program

Technology students in the Richmond County School System reformat, troubleshoot, replace parts and add software to the district’s surplus computers.

Honoree: Rio Rancho Public Schools Category Student engagement

Program: Meeting the Unique Educational and Cultural Needs of Students in Partnership with Parents

At Rio Rancho Public Schools, a new sense of unity and community among urban, Native American youth has made a difference in graduation rates.

Honoree: Seminole County Public Schools Category Personalized/individualized learning

Program: ePathways: 24/7/365

Seminole County district leaders recognized that students craved an expansion of career and technical education, access to technology in the classroom, and blended learning and virtual education courses.

Honoree: Timothy Purnell Category Student achievement

Program: Assess, Analyze, Achieve

Somerville Public Schools identified a disconnect between student progress and the evaluation of instructional strategies. The district’s No Child Left Behind waiver indicated 67 percent of ELA subgroups did not meet performance goals while state test data revealed ELA proficiency rates for third grade were 49 percent and 47 percent for fourth grade.

Honoree: Sycamore Community Schools Category Efficiency and operations of the district, reducing costs

Program: Implementation of District Green Initiatives, Commercial Composting

Following a cafeteria food waste study conducted by its high school environmental studies students, Sycamore Community Schools’ green initiatives team implemented a commercial composting program last year.

Honoree: Vail Unified School District Category Student achievement

Program: Beyond Textbooks

Since its inception in 2008, Beyond Textbooks, Vail’s instructional playbook, is being used by 100 districts and charters in Arizona and Wyoming. The program gives participating districts and charters access to Vail’s curriculum digitally. It also lets teachers to share their best lesson plans, resources and ideas.

Honoree: Valley View ISD Category College/career readiness

Program: VVISD Spanish Medical Minor-South Texas College and University of Texas Pan American

Valley View High School, which serves a low-income, Hispanic student population, wants its students to pursue degrees and careers in health sciences. That’s why it launched its Medical Spanish Minor Initiative to teach students medical terms in Spanish.

Honoree: Vancouver Public Schools Category Public/private partnerships

Program: Family-Community Resource Centers: Removing Barriers and Building Assets to Promote Student Success

In a fight against poverty and migration, the Vancouver Public Schools redirected $2 million annually to help more than a dozen schools.

Honoree: Metropolitan School District of Washington Township Category Student achievement

Program: International Baccalaureate for K12

When school choice is abundant in a large urban public school system, innovation is key. So, in 2009, the Washington Township School District implemented the International Baccalaureate framework for teaching and learning for its 11,000 students and 1,500 staff.

Honoree: Wayne Township Public Schools Category Technology and literacy

Program: Augmented Reality Book Trailer Program

In the 2013-14 school year, the Wayne Township schools’ media specialist, a teacher and fourth graders developed the Augmented Reality book trailer program. It lets students create a digital trailer that synopsizes a book.

Honoree: West Valley School District #208 Category Student achievement

Programs: The West Valley PreK-3 Initiative; Five Steps to Student Success

In 2011, Mike Brophy became superintendent and developed a strategic plan for student learning where each step builds a foundation for the next.

The Five Steps to Student Success consists of:

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