Evaluation will inform $1 million Broad Prize decision of nation’s “most improved” urban district; Best practices to be shared with school districts nationwide
| National educational experts will tour the School District of Palm Beach County on Wednesday to gather information for a jury of former U.S. secretaries of education, governors, university presidents and CEOs to decide whether Palm Beach Schools will win the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education, the nation’s largest education award that carries with it $550,000 in college scholarships. This four-day “site visit” will include interviews with district officials, principals, teachers, staff, parents, students and community representatives, as well as classroom observations. Best practices collected during the site visit will also be shared with urban districts nationwide.
|When:||Wednesday, May 30 10:30 a.m. School and classroom tour with Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, panel of national education experts, and Principal Jeffrey Pegg.
11:15 a.m. Media availability, Q&A with researchers, Broad Foundation rep and superintendent. Press kits will be available at the media availability.
| Wynnebrook Elementary School 1167 Drexel Road
West Palm Beach, 33417
The School District of Palm Beach County is one of only four urban school districts in the nation to be in the running for the 2012 Broad (rhymes with “road”) Prize for Urban Education and $550,000 in scholarships. Palm Beach was chosen as a finalist in April for having topped 71 other large urban districts nationwide in making student gains. This is Palm Beach County’s first time as a finalist for the national award.
The Broad Prize is awarded annually by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a national education philanthropy based in Los Angeles that seeks to ensure that every student in an urban public school has the opportunity to succeed. The award honors urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement in the nation while reducing income and ethnic achievement gaps.
The winning school district, which will be announced on Oct. 23 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, will receive $550,000 in college scholarships for high school seniors who graduate in 2013. Each finalist district will receive $150,000 in scholarships. Seventy-five large urban school districts nationwide were eligible for the 2012 Broad Prize. Other finalist districts this year are: the Corona Norco Unified School District in Southern California, the Houston Independent School District, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. For more information, please visit www.broadprize.com.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation was founded by self-made entrepreneur Eli Broad and his wife Edythe, both graduates of Detroit Public Schools. Bringing together top education experts and practitioners, the foundation funds system-wide programs and policies that strengthen public schools by creating environments that allow good teachers to do great work and enable students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive.
Contact: Karen Denne, The Broad Foundation,310.702.4280
Nat Harrington, Palm Beach Schools, 561.434.8227