The honor, to be presented on Thursday, Oct. 24, is being given to schools that demonstrate their commitment to “educating students to high academic levels regardless of their race, socioeconomic status or zip code.”
According to The Education Trust, Chadwick Elementary School, led by Principal Bonnie Hess, was selected because of its success in educating a diverse student population – “a mix of African American children and new immigrants from African, Southeast Asian, Central American and Arabian countries, 79 percent of whom are low-income… .
In a news release, Baltimore County Public Schools said that "Chadwick Elementary relies on a homegrown reading program to ensure that all its students master the English language, build a robust vocabulary, and can decode and comprehend written English. The proof is in the results. At Chadwick, not only do nearly all students meet state standards in reading and math, but roughly 95 percent of all students (including 93 percent of African American students and more than 95 percent of low-income students) exceed standards in fifth-grade reading. These scores starkly contrast with the rest of the state, where less than 40 percent of African American and low-income students exceed standards.”
Just weeks ago, Chadwick Elementary, a Title I school, also was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
In addition to Chadwick Elementary School, this year’s other Dispelling the Myth Award recipients are: Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School in Miami; Arcadia Elementary School in Olympia Fields, IL.; and Pass Christian High School in Pass Christian, MS.“These ordinary educators — with extraordinary grit and the extraordinary results to prove it — show what is possible in all schools,” said Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, in a statement. “The Dispelling the Myth Award recipients never lose sight of where we’re headed and never forget for a second why all of our kids need the same opportunities for high achievement. They continue to inspire our work every day.”
The 2013 Dispelling the Myth awardees will be honored for their important work at The Education Trust 2013 National Conference in Baltimore, “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results.” The conference convenes educators and advocates from all across the country who are working toward the shared goal of raising student achievement and closing opportunity gaps.
For more on the awards, please visit the Dispelling the Myth website.
Information in this article taken from a news release.