East Olympia Elementary First in Washington to Receive National School Change Award



Submitted by East Olympia Elementary School

In the fifteen years of this award, 287 finalists and 84 awardees were selected from 45 states and two Canadian provinces. Nominated schools measure themselves against 16 specific criteria and consider the degree to which they have improved, grown, and significantly changed. Each finalist’s submission is reviewed by a team of 10-12 judges, including corporate and foundation leaders, teachers, principals, superintendents, professors, former awardees, and other proponents of educational improvement.

The 2014 National School Change Award Winners are:

East Olympia Elementary Olympia WA
Evergreen Elementary Whittier CA
Union Communication Arts Magnet Texarkana AR

Each awardee receives:

  • A ceremony conducted at the school
  • National recognition and coverage by the media
  • Full NPLI scholarship for the principal so she/he can participate in the 17th Annual National Principals Leadership Institute, July 11-17, 2014 in NYC
  • Awards presentation by the United States Department of Education at the national ceremony on Monday July 14th. Each school receives a $5,000 Sustainability grant and a Sustainability coach
  • Participation in a major national research project focusing on school change

Dr. Lew Smith, Founder and Director of NSCA and the National Principals Leadership Institute (NPLI), will visit East Olympia to conduct a ceremony on May 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm.  This ceremony is open to the public.  All are invited.

All 2014 finalists and winners will be recognized during NPLI in a national awards ceremony, Monday, July 14, 10:30AM, in New York City.  At the national ceremony, Arne Duncan, the United States Secretary of Education, joins us as we salute the finalists and awardees.  The principal and a team of teachers will present their story at the National Institute in July.

East Olympia has been recognized by the state for their academic progress with ten different awards in the past three years. Their story has been published in the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.


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