Gwinett Schools In Running for Education Honors
|National educational experts will tour Gwinnett County Public Schools on Wednesday, May 14 to gather information for a jury of past U.S. secretaries of education, governors, university presidents and CEOs to determine whether Gwinnett County Public Schools will win the 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The prestigious award is the nation’s largest, and carries with it up to $750,000 in college scholarships. This four-day “site visit” will include interviews with more than 300 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.|
GCPS are one of only two urban school districts in the country in the running for the 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education and the top award of $750,000 in scholarships. Gwinnett, winner of the 2010 Broad Prize and a finalist in 2009, was chosen as a finalist in April from among 75 of the largest urban districts nationwide for making gains in student achievement. This is the first time that only two school districts have been named finalists since the award was started in 2002, rather than four or five in previous years.
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.