48 Schools Named Finalists For Intel And Scholastic Schools Of Distinction Awards

48 Schools Named Finalists For Intel And Scholastic Schools Of Distinction Awards

Elementary, Secondary Schools Honored for Innovative Programs that Support Student Achievement

NEW YORK, April 11, 2006 - Forty-eight schools have been named as finalists for the Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards. The awards honor schools for implementing innovative and replicable programs that support positive educational outcomes.

The schools will compete for $190,000 in grants from the Intel Foundation and additional prizes from sponsoring companies will be presented at an awards ceremony in October. The 3-year-old awards program is sponsored by Intel, the world's leader in silicon innovation and long-time champion of educational improvement, and Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company.

"Through dedication and hard work, these schools have implemented great ideas for instituting student centered learning, incorporating hands-on experiences and working with their communities," said Brenda Musilli, Intel director of education. "By highlighting successful schools, we hope to inspire others and bring about improved learning for all children."

Francie Alexander, Scholastic's chief academic officer, added, "These awards give us the opportunity to honor schools that have implemented and sustained programs that foster student achievement and encourage the highest level of success. By bringing national recognition to these schools, we hope to share best practices and help other schools across the country to replicate this success."

The 48 finalists were chosen from public and private schools that participated in the application and judging process, which was overseen by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory Center for Classroom Teaching and Learning. Sixteen winners will be selected in each of eight categories - one each for elementary and secondary schools. Winning schools will also compete to be named "Best of the Best."

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