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July 2017

Honoree: Amarillo ISD Category At-risk/ELL

A high school counselor in the Amarillo ISD, of which 70 percent of the student population cannot afford to attend college, set a goal for every student in Caprock High School’s senior class to apply to at least one college before graduating.

Honoree: Vancouver Public Schools Category Administrative leadership

After Vancouver Public Schools created a weLearn 1-to-1 initiative—which delivered thousands of hours of PD to classroom teachers—administrators realized they needed to support and challenge instructional leaders in the same ways.

Honoree: Highland Park School District Category Community/family partnerships

Transgender and gender-nonconforming students at Highland Park School District weren’t provided with any guarantees for a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment.

So district administrators created the Gender Identity Protection Policy in 2015-16, an initiative that allows transgender and transitioning students in pre-K through 12 access to any school bathroom, locker room or school program based on their affirmed gender.

Honoree: Sandusky City Schools Category College/career readiness

Students are transitioning into an era in which global connections and awareness are keys to success post-graduation. That’s why Sandusky City School initiated its homegrown Global Internship Program (GIP) for high school students.

Initiated in the 2015-16 school year, the initiative teaches students about the impact globalization and innovation have on industry and economic stability.

Honoree: McKinney ISD Category Pre-K STEAM lab

Playing with fire in the Lawson Early Childhood School has a whole new meaning—and it’s a good thing. In McKinney ISD in Texas, students as young as 3 are learning lifelong math and science skills by designing structures, coding robots and conducting science experiments.

Honoree: Magazine School District Category Health and wellness

In a rural, high-poverty district in Arkansas, providing health care services at school solved several problems. Health services in the region are often a half-hour ride away, forcing students to miss school for doctor’s appointments while some families struggle to buy gas for the trips.

Honoree: Hoover City Schools Category Community/family partnerships

Many households in Hoover City Schools are “food-insecure,” which means children don’t have enough food to eat, especially on weekends.

With limited resources to provide students with proper nutrition outside of school hours, the district created Hoover Helps, a collaborative effort among district administration, community volunteers and local organizations, who put together bags of food and put them in the backpacks of students in need every week.

Honoree: Canyons School District Category At-risk/ELL

By 2015-16, 33 percent of Hillcrest High School students in grades 9 and 10 weren’t on track to graduate and 45 percent of freshmen were below grade level in reading and math.

In 2015-16, the school board approved $461,000 to hire additional instructional coaches and an administrative intern to launch a new program: Husky Strong Summer Academy, a boot camp for Hillcrest’s incoming ninth-graders.

Honoree: Germantown Municipal School District Category Special education

In Germantown, approximately 1,200 of the 42,000 residents are diagnosed with an intellectual or cognitive disability. Only 220 of those 1,200 residents enjoy part-time employment and make minimum wage in their adulthood.

In 2015, Germantown Municipal School District set out to help students with intellectual or cognitive disabilities.

Honoree: Irving ISD Category Summer programs

In 2010, the Irving ISD focused its literacy efforts on promoting summer reading.

While public libraries offer resources and programming, many students lack transportation to libraries or don’t quality for a library card. Other students struggle to obtain reading materials in Spanish. So the district initiated Irving Reads, a reading program wherein students in pre-K through grade 7 receive a pack of books they can keep.

Honoree: Center Grove Community School Corporation Category STEM

With test scores declining in math and science, the Center Grove Community School Corporation knew it had to bolster its STEM programs. So it developed a Strategy Planning Community made up of administrators and created an advisory group of parents and community members to help create strategic planning goals.

With that, the district formulated an objective to provide all K8 students with project-based learning and STEM initiatives.

Honoree: Lennox Elementary School District Category STEM

When the Lennox Elementary School District learned that few Hispanic and female students were applying to university engineering programs, school leaders acted—creating the Schools of Engineering to provide students in grades 4 through 8 with STEM instruction.

Honoree: Livonia Public Schools Category Professional Development

A one-day PD program at Michigan’s Livonia Public Schools offers high-quality technology training to teachers—ensuring new tools in the classroom don’t go to waste.

Level UP LPS has served more than 3,000 teachers since its inception three years ago. It enhances their technology skills, expands their use of apps, adds depth to their lessons, and results in more relevant, engaging content for students.

Honoree: Hancock Place School District Category Professional Development

Hancock Place School District needed to train its teachers in classroom integration after moving to a 1-to-1 laptop initiative, knowing that PD days were limited and technology needs and skill levels varied districtwide among teachers.

The district researched digital badging options and developed and administered the Level Up Learning initiative.

Honoree: Socorro ISD Category Curriculum

Math comprehension, literacy and integrating technology have been tough for non-English speaking students at Socorro ISD.

To meet the pressing need for equitable technology access, the district created the ELL Academy in the 2015-16 year, with the following goals:

1) Increase mathematics content vocabulary.

2) Decrease the conceptual and skill-based gaps in math and increase the level of reading and writing in math.

Honoree: Washington Township Schools Category Parent participation

Parents are busy, and getting them to attend parent nights at the middle schools in Washington, New Jersey, was tough.

Middle School Parent Information Nights is a new collaborative process, launched in 2016 at Washington Township Public Schools, that involves principals, interventionists and the director of secondary education.

Administrators livestreamed the events through Google Hangouts, which increased participation because parents could follow sessions from home.

Honoree: Minnetonka Public Schools Category STEM

In 2010, both Minnetonka middle schools launched an accelerated science curriculum for students with an advanced level of content knowledge, innate curiosity and passion for science.

The curriculum covers four years of science in grades 6 through 8. It prepares students to complete AP physics as high school freshmen and then continue in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate science courses.

Honoree: Del Mar Union School District Category Blended learning/augmented reality

Del Mar Union School District wanted to build learning spaces to inspire students to communicate, collaborate, and express themselves creatively and critically.

After analyzing effective uses of space in other schools and gathering feedback from community and staff, Del Mar created educational areas that feature high-top tables, bean bags and flippable whiteboard tables, with a range of technology.

Honoree: Oregon CUSD 220 Category Project-based learning

What happens when teachers have open minds and let students seek learning on their own, without tying them to a desk? You get the Open Program, which includes an Open Lab, that started at Oregon High School in Illinois in the 2014-15 school year. The four tenets are collaboration, creative problem-solving, cross-curricular knowledge and independence.

Students use the Open Lab to work on community projects and to master remaining math and English standards.

Honoree: Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Category Community/family partnerships

Parent involvement in their child’s special education program means a lot to administrators at Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. But participation outside of the Individualized Education Program meetings was limited. When a survey showed parents had interest in attending a special ed support group, the U-PRISE program was created.