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July 2016

Honoree: Meridian CUSD 223 Category Fostering principal leadership

For years, Meridian 223 in Illinois had rampant superintendent turnover, budget constraints and a lack of leadership. Administrators, therefore, sought out a system to foster principal leadership beyond typical school improvement models.

Honoree: Hayward Unified School District Category College/career readiness

YEP Middle College exposes middle school students to introductory college-level work.

About three-quarters of Hayward USD’s students are from low-income families; 65 percent are Latino, 30 percent are English language learners, and many will be the first in their family to attend college.

Honoree: Newton-Conover City Schools Category Student achievement

With funding tight, Newton-Conover City Schools launched a program in 2014 to support innovation: Instead of going to the general fund, fees collected when community groups rent district facilities could go to students and staff to develop their own projects. 

March 2016

Honoree: Mundelein High School District 120 Category BYOD 1-to-1 or other district-wide technology initiative

Mundelein High School District 120 in suburban Chicago recently became a minority-majority one-school district, serving an economically and racially diverse population of 2,100 students with varying needs.

A renewed focus on equity led the district to start a 1-to-1 Chromebook program in 2014-15, and with that a technical support internship, in which high school students are trained by district technology staff to resolve peer and staff computer problems at the school.

Honoree: Florence City Schools Category Graduation rate

​In 2009, Florence City Schools’ graduation rate was 68 percent, in part due to many students dropping out to earn money to support their families. In response, Southwire, a wire manufacturer, developed the 12 For Life program.

Honoree: Columbia Public Schools Category Student achievement

Tremendous enrollment growth in the Columbia Public School District over the past decade has brought several challenges:

Honoree: Jurupa USD Category Reducing suspensions/expulsions

​Jurupa USD drastically reduced suspensions and disruptive behavior by teaching students the social skills they need to avoid conflicts and prosper academically.

Honoree: Crown Point Community School Corporation Category Personalized/individualized learning

In response to an influx of new technology—ranging from iPads to learning management systems to digital resources—Crown Point researched and launched CP2.0, a multifaceted 10-year strategic plan to develop personalized learning.

Honoree: Deer Park Community City School District Category College/career readiness

The Deer Park Community City School District in Ohio wanted to help students who were not heading to college to find jobs that paid well right out of high school.

So in the 2014-15 year, school leaders launched Deer Park Career Academies. The idea was to prepare students for rigorous jobs that would offer competitive salaries and benefits.

Honoree: William Floyd Union Free School District Category Professional development

Traditional one-size-fits-all professional development is out and differentiated PD is in at William Floyd Union Free School District in New York.

Honoree: Metropolitan School District of Pike Township Category Reducing suspensions/expulsions

Three years ago, Metropolitan School District of Pike Township in Indianapolis had a high number of students who had been suspended or expelled from schools. The students expelled more often were African American and Hispanic males, reflecting a nationwide trend.

The district realized it had to involve all stakeholders to reduce suspensions and expulsions systematically.

Honoree: Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services Category College/career readiness

A first-of-its-kind pilot program in New York brings together administrators, teachers, local business professionals and higher education leaders to create a dual-credit program that embeds students on a job site to earn college credit.

The Career & Technical Education program at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in Syracuse started in 2013-14.

Honoree: Cleveland City Schools Category Student achievement

A project-based learning challenge that began in a Tennessee high school classroom culminated with students helping villagers in a remote tribal region of Nicaragua grow food. 

A local company asked students in a Cleveland High School engineering class to build a self-sustaining, solar-powered aquaponic dome that could feed 16 people for up to 10 years. 

Honoree: Katy ISD Category BYOD 1-to-1 or other district-wide technology initiative

In a quest to give stakeholders using any device easy access to a wide range of district data, Katy ISD created dashboards and a mobile app.

Katy ISD first developed the public dashboard to disseminate information to the public and create greater transparency around district operations. The public dashboard provides timely access to demographic, staffing, finance and academic performance data on a mobile friendly website.

Honoree: Cherry Creek Schools Category STEM

Cuts in state education funding inspired Cherry Creek Schools in suburban Denver to develop a partnership with NASA, Colorado State University and other colleges to bring STEM instruction to all of the district’s buildings and students.

Honoree: Fort Cherry School District Category STEM

After analyzing business and technology curriculum for K12 in 2012, the Fort Cherry School District determined it needed to provide more advanced computer literacy skills.

Enter a comprehensive K12 Computational Thinking Literacy Program that provides students with STEM-based instruction that fosters lifelong technological and communication skills.

Honoree: Yuma School District One Category STEM

In fall 2014, Yuma School District One had a wealth of technology, yet minimal opportunity for students to create digital content or develop skills to prepare them for college and careers. Administrators developed the iTEAM KiDS Technology Ambassador Program that year, and it quickly spread to all 17 elementary and middle schools in the K8 district of 8,000 students.

Honoree: Valley View ISD Category Literacy

Valley View ISD in Texas increased literacy test scores for its growing ELL junior high population with a nontraditional partner: a sorority.

Valley View Junior High School joined international college sorority Delta Zeta of the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley to create a literacy campaign called “Soar with Books.” The goal was to spur literacy development and extend reading time for the school’s 700 students.

Honoree: Lindsay USD Category Personalized/individualized learning

For years, some graduates of Lindsay USD, located in a California farming community, could not read a local newspaper.

With Hispanics making up 91 percent of the student body, and with many troubled by gang and substance abuse issues, only 25 percent of students were proficient in reading and only 28 percent in math.

Honoree: Kearny School District Category College/career readiness

In the Learning Today, Earning Tomorrow initiative, students at Kearny High School prepare for a range of careers. The program incorporates rigorous technical standards and critical workplace skills, such as problem-solving, communication and teamwork.