Positively one of the more rewarding activities for us at Extreme Networks is recognizing and bringing attention to outstanding schools and educators. Education is more than business to us. We understand how vital education is to the future of our children and our country. An important goal of ours is to drive innovation and encourage continuous quality improvement in our schools. For this reason, we instituted the Extreme Exemplary School Award program to recognize and honor visionary K-12 school districts.
The Exemplary Awards are based on three criteria that emphasize creating a personalized 21st century student learning environment.
- Stimulate 24×7 Learning: To meet the demands of today’s competitive global economy, schools must create lifetime learners. To promote this concept and qualify for the Enterasys Exemplary School Award, a school must institute a 1:1 or BYOD mobile learning environment.
- Facilitate Individual Instruction: Learning is not a one-size-fits-all environment. Networks and resources must be individualized to permit secure per-user, per-device policies that allow every student to individually learn and excel.
- Encourage Curricular Growth: To meet the demands of curricular change, districts must implement an infrastructure that readily adapts to curricular needs. Everyone learns differently, and the network must be prepared to meet the growing requirements of eBooks, streaming video, and blended or flipped learning.
This week we announced the most recent winners of the Exemplary School Awards:
Red Deer Public Schools in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, receives their Extreme Networks Exemplary School Award
- Jackson Local Schools in Massillon, OH
- Valdosta City Schools in Valdosta, GA
- Red Deer Public Schools in Red Deer, AB Canada
- Chelmsford Public Schools in Chelmsford, MA.
The new Exemplary Award winners join these previous honorees:
- Washington Unified School District: West Sacramento, Calif.
- Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District: Palmer, Alaska
- Port Huron Area School District: Port Huron, Mich.
- Stephenville Independent School District: Stephenville, Texas
- Town of Enfield: Enfield, Conn.
- Kimberly Area School District: Combined Locks, Wis.
- Moore County Schools: Carthage, N.C.
- Milton Hershey School: Hershey, Pa.
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Eye on PARCC is a cable television show produced by the Chelmsford Public Schools in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The purpose of the show is to prepare the community at large for the change from MCAS standardized assessment to the PARCC online assessment. The hosts include Executive Director of Technology and Information, Ms. Anne-Marie Fiore, Coordinator of English Language Arts, Dr. Linda Hirsch, and Coordinator of Mathematics, Dr. Matthew Beyranevand. They will give parents, students, teachers, and the community a look at the upcoming PARCC assessments.
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry’s insight: Sounds like a school district is taking a proactive move on educating their constituency about the Common Core and the coming assessments. Kudos!