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July 2015

Honoree: Greenville Public School District Category Student Discipline & Graduation Rate

Greenville Public School District in Mississippi had the eighth highest suspension rate in the country in 2012, with black students being suspended at nine times the national average.

Administrators recognized the 59 percent suspension rate was directly related to smaller graduating classes and revamped their approach to discipline.

Honoree: Joplin Schools Category Graduation rate

A renewed relationship with the community has helped Joplin Schools in southwest Missouri raise graduation rates, provide help quickly to struggling students and engage in greater public service.

Honoree: Lansing School District Category Professional development

Lansing School District in Michigan began redesigning its schools and its instructional practices in 2012 to reverse a host of challenges that included a multi-million dollar deficit, declining enrollment and low staff morale.

The district’s two-pronged approached called for an immediate reconfiguration of schools to maximize building space and aggressive use of data to boost student achievement. A major component was reconfiguring the districts grades.

Honoree: Legacy Traditional School District Category Student achievement

Common Core advocates pushed Legacy Traditional School District in Arizona to adopt a student-centered learning model when it began implementing the Common Core two years ago.

Honoree: Leyden High School District 212 Category BYOD 1-to-1 or other district-wide technology initiative

A shift to 1-to-1 teaching and learning at Leyden High School District 212 three years ago inspired administrators to train students to provide tech support to their classmates and run the help desks at each campus.

Honoree: Lincoln Public Schools Category Graduation rate

The graduation rate at Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska dipped below 80 percent in 2008, with even lower rates for students of color. The dropout rates at three high schools rose above state averages, with schools enrolling more students living in poverty and non-English speaking.

Honoree: Miami-Dade County Public Schools Category BYOD 1-to-1 or other district-wide technology initiative

Miami-Dade County Public Schools launched its Digital Convergence initiative this school year in response to the “digital deserts” that deprived its students of critical learning technology.

Honoree: Moline-Coal Valley School District No. 40 Category Professional development

Strengthening the skills of educators is the key to improving student achievement in Illinois’ Moline-Coal Valley School District. And professional development for principals is central to the strategic plan, “Raising the Bar and Closing the Achievement Gap for All Students,” that Superintendent David Moyer launched when he joined the 7,500-student district in 2012.

Honoree: Oyster River Cooperative School District Category Sustainability

A community desire to preserve the beauty of the local environment led to the creation in 2011 of the Oyster River Cooperative School District’s sustainability committee.

The move kicked off a series of community forums to develop sustainable practices at the New Hampshire district’s four schools.

Honoree: Paradise Valley USD Category Professional development

Paradise Valley Unified School District launched its Center for Teacher Development in 2012 after surveys showed teachers wanted more time to observe each other and discuss instructional practices.

Honoree: Paulding County School District Category Professional development

A recent accreditation review revealed Georgia’s Paulding County School District was falling behind on classroom technology integration.

And on school walk-throughs, administrators found that, in many cases, the classroom technology in classrooms was only being used by teachers (but not by students) and mainly for presentation and drills.

Honoree: Polk School District Category BYOD 1-to-1 or other district-wide technology initiative

Faced with low test scores and graduation rates, Georgia’s Polk School District moved in 2013 to put its “Mobile Minds” on the path to academic success.

“Mobile Minds” is the name of the 1-to-1 iPad initiative that pairs technology with improved instruction and student-centered learning designed to boost critical thinking skills.

Honoree: Roosevelt Union Free School District Category College/career readiness

A recent study found that the rate of segregation among districts in New York’s Nassau County was three times the national standard. Roosevelt Union Free School District—where the graduation rate for many years fell below 60 percent—was revealed to be among the most persistently marginalized.

Honoree: Spring-Ford Area School District Category Blended or online learning

Spring-Ford Area School District in Pennsylvania turned its smallest elementary into a hybrid learning school to keep from having to close the building due to low enrollment.

Honoree: Summit School District RE-1 Category College/career readiness

A school district high in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain ski country launched a college-prep program that boasts a 100 percent graduation rate for first-generation and low-income students.

A quarter of the district’s student are Hispanic, but their graduation rate in 2007 was only 47 percent, compared to the 91 percent rate for non-Hispanics. Hispanics students also were not applying for scholarships or routinely pursuing higher education, Superintendent Heidi Pace says.

Honoree: Weslaco Independent School District Category Early learning

Digging deeper into its data, Welasco ISD in Texas discovered that third-grade achievement gaps had their origins much earlier in their students’ lives—even before pre-kindergarten.

In 2013, the district, located near the Mexican border in south Texas, launched its “Weslaco Reads! 0-3” program to get its future students reading proficiently as early as possible.

March 2015

Putnam County Schools in Tennessee offers many digital opportunities for learning, which in part reduces the need for credit recovery classes and increases graduation rates.
Honoree: Putnam County Schools Category Blended or online learning

Putnam County School System in rural central Tennessee has increased graduation rates and cut need for credit recovery courses in half thanks to a districtwide online learning program that gives students more flexibility and personalized instruction.

Natick students receive heart rate monitors that help target fitness plans. The district expanded physical education choices to allow students to take classes in yoga, archery and other nontraditional options.
Honoree: Natick Public Schools Category Student achievement

What started as one suburban Boston parent’s idea to improve fitness in her elementary school has evolved into a national initiative to get students moving in creative ways that improve academic achievement and foster lifelong healthy habits.

Honoree: Putnam County Schools Category Blended or online learning

Putnam County’s digital transformation was extensive. The Tennessee district’s goal included expanding blending learning, prioritizing STEM, raising graduation rates, better preparing students for college and career, fostering community partnerships, and reducing costs.

Elementary students at Eminence Independent Schools in Kentucky must learn basic skills for coding to move up a grade level.
Honoree: Eminence Independent Schools Category College/career readiness

Just three years ago, Eminence Independent Schools in northern Kentucky was facing a crisis—namely, it was failing.

The K12 district hadn’t met AYP in years, enrollment was drastically declining, and only 39 percent of students were graduating at the state-determined benchmarks for college and career readiness.

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