Sanborn Connection: By Superintendent Dr. Brian J. Blake
WE WON! Thank you Sanborn Community!
Last week, we received official word from the Nellie Mae Foundation that we were the winner of the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award. As I mentioned in a previous column, the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award is bestowed each year on a school leader or organization exhibiting great leadership through innovation in moving student-centered learning approaches forward in New England. There is one nominee from each New England state each year.
I want to thank the entire Sanborn Community for casting their votes for us. It is a testimony to the value you place on the education we are providing. For our staff, it shows that they are valued for their hard work and dedication to improving educational opportunities for all students. For the State of New Hampshire, it shows how the support of a community can help reform educational efforts in a positive fashion and improve outcomes for our students.
In recent years, the Sanborn Regional School District has become a national leader in competency education and personalized learning. Winning this award is not only a victory for our small New Hampshire school district, but a victory for the countless schools and school districts across the country engaged in similar school reform work. We ARE changing the face of education. While no definitive plans have been made for the use of the $100,000. prize, there are guidelines in place on how the money can and can’t be spent. We also have to wait for the official grant to be given to the school district.
The Lawrence W. O'Toole Award is given by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF). The NMEF is a private foundation focused on school transformation in New England. NMEF is an advocate for student-centered learning approaches - learning that is personalized, engaging, competency-based and happens anytime-anywhere.
Once again, thank you to the entire Sanborn Community for your support and votes to help us win this grant. It will further help us to transform how we educate children in our schools. I’m proud to be a part of Sanborn. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.