November 2010 Spotlight on Success

November 30, 2010

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The charter school movement is dependent upon the hard work of visionary founders, leaders, and authorizers, plus dedicated teachers and volunteers and inspired students. The Association is proud to recognize several of them this month.


California, College, Career & Technical Education Center (CCCTEC) received a grant from the Carol M. White Physical Education Program. The grant, which is administered through the U.S. Department of Education, is awarded over three years and will total more than $750,000. The grants were awarded to schools with a strategic vision to encourage the development of lifelong healthy habits, improve nutrition and physical education programs to prevent obesity and to decrease the number of children who are overweight or obese.


Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded the International School of Monterey a banner for its commitment to ocean stewardship. The K-8 school in Seaside has included the Ocean Literacy Principles into all grades, participating in restoration activities at a local beach dune, and developing "Captain Conservation," a superhero who protects the ocean.


John Danner, co-founder of Rocketship Education, has been awarded the third annual John P. McNulty Prize by The Aspen Institute. The $100,000 prize recognizes an extraordinary young leader who is making creative, effective, and lasting contributions to his or her community.

Rocketship Education is a national network of elementary charter schools whose mission is to eliminate the income achievement gap. Rocketship is pioneering a unique hybrid education model, transforming elementary education by building high-performing, scalable, sustainable schools in high-need neighborhoods. According to the selection jury, "While their reasons were many, Rocketship was chosen in part because it offers a bold new education formula at a time when it is necessary to achieve far better results with far fewer resources than ever before."


Rocklin Academy has been named the winner of the first ever Shirley Hord Learning Team Award. This award is given to a team of teachers who demonstrate a comprehensive, sustained, and intensive approach to improving teachers' and principals' effectiveness in raising student achievement. Rocklin Academy was cited as "a core knowledge school whose teachers are committed to student success. Teachers work together in collaborative learning teams to study and implement research-based instructional strategies to ensure high levels of student academic success." Click here to watch a video about Rocklin Academy prepared as part of process for selecting The Shirley Hord Learning Team Award winner.


Sacramento Charter High School has won a Pillar of Promise Award for "Excellence in the Commitment of Providing Effective Education." The award was given by America's Promise Alliance in conjunction with e:merge Coalition of Sacramento. Alma and Colin Powell run the America's Promise Alliance foundation, and through it named Sacramento one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People."

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