Earlier today the White House welcomed more than 100 state, district, and school leaders and educators to honor 12 distinguished school turnaround leaders as “Champions of Change.”
The educators were recognized for their roles in building a culture of high expectations, improving instruction, creating safe environments for learning, and fostering professional collaboration among many other notable efforts to elevate the quality of education in their schools.
Click here to see all the Champions of Change, or click on the names below:
Brett Bernard, Kansas City, KS
David Cicarella, Northford, CT
Kevin Gay, Hyden, KY
Jessica Gogerty, Des Moines, IA
Tanya Green, Baltimore, MD
Kristen Hayes, Washington D.C.
Carren Poff, Ontario, OR
Lusia Requenes, Kansas City, KS
David Romick, Dayton, OH
Linda St. Andre, Lewiston, ME
Wendell Waukau, Menominee, WI
Edward Wiest, Pryor, MT
Today’s event gave local leaders the opportunity to share their stories with colleagues from across the country, and included a briefing on the transformative efforts underway in struggling schools nationwide through the federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.
The SIG program invests in locally driven efforts to turn around our nation’s persistently lowest-performing schools. These schools are characterized by consecutive years of low attendance rates, low student achievement, low graduation rates, as well as high rates of staff turnover and student disciplinary action.
Read more stories about SIG schools and the improvements they are making.