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Fairfax County Public Schools Publications, Student Journalists Win 2020 NSPA Pacemaker Awards
FALLS CHURCH, Virginia, Nov. 25 (TNSAwa) -- Fairfax County Public Schools issued the following news release:

The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) has awarded Pacemaker Awards to two Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) publications.

Winners of the 2020 Newsmagazine Pacemaker are:

* tjTODAY, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; editors: Justin Chang, Irina Lee, and Grace Mak; adviser: Erinn Harris.

* The Highlander, McLean High School; editors: Nicholas Lohman, Dasha Makarishcheva, and Ava Rotondo; adviser: Lindsay Benedict.

Additionally, staff members from The ... Show Full Article

Arlington Public Schools: Gunston Teacher Receives 2020 Mary Peake Award for Excellence in Education Equity
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Nov. 25 (TNSAwa) -- The Arlington Public Schools issued the following news release:

Gunston Middle School Equity and Excellence Coordinator and Instructional Lead Teacher Dr. Shantha Smith is the recipient of the Virginia Department of Education's 2020 Mary Peake Award for Excellence in Education Equity. Dr. Smith was given the award because of her commitment to advancing education equity in Virginia.

The Mary Peake Award for Excellence in Education Equity highlights individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the advancement of equity in education ... Show Full Article

President Barack Obama Surprises Chicago Public Schools High School Students With Free Access to 'A Promised Land'
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 24 -- Chicago Public Schools issued the following news release:

This afternoon, Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson joined President Barack Obama as he surprised CPS high school students in a virtual assembly to announce that all CPS high school students have received free access to digital copies of A Promised Land, President Obama's riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making during his time in office. All CPS high school students were invited to tune-in to the livestream with hundreds of students participating in the Zoom call.

A video of ... Show Full Article

Governor's School for Science and Mathematics Announces New Interim President
COLUMBIA, South Carolina, Nov. 24 (TNSPer) -- The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics issued the following news on Nov. 23:

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) Board of Trustees appointed Mr. Daniel S. Dorsel as Interim President, effective January 1, 2021. Mr. Dorsel will also continue to serve as the Senior Vice President for Residential during his Interim Presidency.

Mr. Dorsel has been part of the GSSM Administration since 2012. He earned his Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Notre Dame, a Master of Science in Environmental ... Show Full Article

Boston Public Schools Reports Annual Hiring Update, Reaches Diversity Hiring Milestones
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Nov. 24 (TNSRep) -- Boston Public Schools issued the following news:

The Boston Public Schools (BPS) Office of Human Capital recently provided its annual hiring update, demonstrating substantial progress on recruitment, cultivation, and diversity hiring practices and initiatives with the hiring of the highest percentage of candidates of color in seven years.

For the first time in the last seven years, when BPS adopted mutual consent hiring, the total percentage of educator hires (including teachers and guidance counselors) who identified as people of color surpassed 50%, ... Show Full Article

Twenty-One Dallas ISD Neighborhood Schools Received $50,000 to Pursue Innovative Ideas
DALLAS, Texas, Nov. 21 -- The Dallas Independent School District issued the following news release:

Twenty-one Dallas ISD neighborhood schools each received $50,000 in seed money to pursue innovative ideas that will increase school choice in families' backyards.

The Dallas ISD Office of Transformation and Innovation launched the Innovation Engine Grant program in 2019 as a way to further support neighborhood schools and increase school choice. This week OTI notified the 21 campuses selected for an Innovation Engine Grant, bringing banners and a socially distanced celebration to the neighborhood ... Show Full Article