PK-16 excellence awards honor state education programs (Jun 30, 2006)

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June 30, 2006

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PK-16 excellence awards honor state education programs

MADISON—A host of Wisconsin’s education programs designed to improve student learning and teacher performance through partnerships between PK-12 schools and the state’s higher education institutions have been recognized for their excellence by the Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council. The council recently presented its 2006 “Programs of Distinction” and “Promising Practices” awards to 11 initiatives that reflect strong statewide partnerships to enhance the educational experience for students and teachers alike.

“ It’s encouraging that Wisconsin’s educators continue to take advantage of all available resources to create a school environment that is most conducive to student success,” said UW System President Kevin P. Reilly, co-chair of the PK-16 Leadership Council. “Programs like those we’re recognizing are terrific examples of how quality education can positively impact the lives of everyone in Wisconsin.”

Reilly indicated that the Programs of Distinction award-winners were selected because they documented the impact their initiatives have had on advancing student learning and quality teaching in Wisconsin.

“ Each of the programs of distinction and promising practices has an important element in common,” added State Superintendent of Public Instruction and PK-16 Leadership Council co-chair Elizabeth Burmaster. “They are strengthened and sustained because of collaboration and partnerships. Research confirms that it is what the teacher knows, and is able to do in the classroom, that influences student learning.”

The 2006 Programs of Distinction awards were presented to the following:

  • Wisconsin Comprehension Musicianship through Performance Project, a partnership among Oregon High School, the Wisconsin School Music Association, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and other Wisconsin education groups to equip music teachers with a process for planning instruction that gives students a deeper musical experience.
  • World Languages Day, which unites the UW-Madison Language Institute with world language teachers in grades 9-12 statewide to allow students to share diverse experiences in world languages and cultures and prepare them for college.
  • Future Designers, a collaboration of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, the Milwaukee Public Schools and other area K-12 schools to utilize design and technology to foster creative problem solving and critical thinking.

The Winners of the Programs of Distinction awards receive $1,000 from the Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council

The 2006 Promising Practices honorees included:

  • Urban Field Experiences – UW-Oshkosh, lead institution
  • Teacher Training and Professional Development – Blackhawk Technical College, lead institution
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – UW-Eau Claire, lead institution
  • Second Chance – Whitewater High School, lead institution
  • North Central Wisconsin Health Academy, North Central Technical College, lead institution
  • Goals 2000 and Beyond – UW-Superior, lead institution
  • Learning From Children, Learning By Children – Northland College, lead institution
  • Project Lead the Way – Rural Initiative – CESA #3, lead institution

The Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council is comprised of leaders from the state’s PK-12 schools, the UW System, the Wisconsin Technical College System and the state’s private colleges and universities. The council strives to create numerous, high-quality educational opportunities for Wisconsin students by working with leaders in business, industry and government.

More information about the PK-16 Leadership Council and the 2006 award winners is available at