Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Receives $10,000 School Innovation And Change Award From The National Principals Leadership Institute

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dr. Jill Berkowiczs, an associate of the National Principals Leadership Institute (NPLI) in New York City, will visit Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) to officially honor CGLA as a 2017 recipient of the School Innovation and Change Award. The award includes a $10,000 prize, which Dr. Berkowicz will present during a brief ceremony that begins at 10:30 a.m. on the CGLA campus located at 1802 Bailey Ave. The public is invited to attend. 
 
Founded in 1998, the National Principals Leadership Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leadership development and school transformation. Internationally acclaimed for its six-day summer training workshop, NPLI creates programming that develops principals into change leaders: educational visionaries eager to identify and implement new approaches that advance academic outcomes.  
 
Through the School Innovation and Change Award (SICA), NPLI celebrates school transformation by spotlighting the pioneering practices and extraordinary improvements of schools previously designated as failing.    According to the NPLI application process, “achieving significant school change is challenging and hard won,  and SICA recognizes failing schools that managed to become exemplary. Saluting the innovative strategies of these schools provides verification that change leaders can make a difference.” 
 
After reviewing 32 applications, NPLI selected CGLA as one of four 2017 SICA winners. “The application process for SICA was rigorous and detailed,” said Dr. Elaine Swafford, executive director of CGLA. “NPLI requires  CGLA Receives $10,000 School Innovation and Change Award from the National Principals Leadership Institute June 14, 2017.

She noted the award was also “an endorsement of the school’s decision to establish a project-based curriculum that integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM) into the overall academic program.”  “At CGLA, student success is foremost, and we know that offering exciting, interactive experiences engages students and awakens curiosity. Receiving this award allows us to celebrate the institutional shifts that invite interest, spark learning, and lead to educational excellence.”

For more information about the SICA award presentation, contact Donna Coleman, director of development, at  423.618.5362  or  donnacoleman@cglaonline.com.

For more information about CGLA, visit the school’s website at CGLAonline.com.


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