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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools and School Principals

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             January 9, 2006

RE:                  Seventh Annual National School Change Awards


            Recently, my office received information about the Seventh Annual National School Change Awards, a competition conducted by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the Fordham University Graduate School of Education, and Pearson Education.  Knowing that so many of Maine’s schools are worthy of national recognition, I wanted to be sure to extend this information to everyone so that all schools that are interested may participate in this opportunity.

            The National School Change Awards is a national competition in which nominated schools conduct a self-assessment to measure themselves against 16 specific criteria and consider the degree to which they have improved, grown, and significantly changed.  Twenty-four finalists are chosen nationwide to participate in an awards ceremony, in which the U.S. Department of Education participates, in New York City in July.  Additionally, a local awards ceremony is conducted at each winning school; each winning school’s principal is also invited to participate in the National Principals Leadership Institute, and the school is then involved in a national research project.

            If this opportunity is of interest to any or all of your schools – there is no limit to the number of nominees from a particular school unit or State – please visit to view the National School Change Awards brochure and application or visit .

            Good luck to all who choose to participate.