Last week the Colorado Department of Education contacted Glenn Smith, Superintendent of Eads Schools, to inform him the Eads Elementary School had been named as a National Title I Distinguished School for the State of Colorado for the second year in a row. Only two schools in the entire state were designated with the award. No school has received the award twice.
Since 2006, Colorado, in conjunction with the National Title I Association, has selected examples of superior Title I school programs for recognition through the National Title I Distinguished Schools program. Schools are selected in one of two categories:
Category 1: Exceptional Student Performance for Two or More Consecutive Years
Category 2: Closing the Achievement Gap between Student Groups
Schools are selected based on a combination of academic achievement of the students in the school and the creative and innovative programs that contribute to their success. These Colorado schools join hundreds of other distinguished schools nationwide making a difference for our Title I children.
The schools demonstrate a wide array of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized programs for student success, and strong partnerships between the school, parents, and the community. The distinguished schools’ stories are especially powerful through the documented student achievement gains that have resulted from their innovations and hard work.
In order to be eligible, schools must meet the following criteria:
Poverty rate of at least 35%;
Demonstrate high academic achievement for two or more consecutive years;
Meet or exceed state criteria for at least two consecutive years.
The Colorado Department of Education, Unit of Federal Program Administration, and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education salute the Title I Distinguished School awardees; the students, staff, families, and communities.
The Eads Elementary students and their teachers will be recognized as recipients of the award at an all-school assembly on January 30th. The Eads School was named through Category 1: Exceptional Student Performance for Two or More Consecutive Years.
THEY DID IT AGAIN – Eads Elementary School and Staff was pictured here in January 2017 after being named as a 2016 National Title I Distinguished School. The school just received news that they have been named a 2017 National Title I Distinguished School, as well.
Successful schools enjoy cooperation and commitment from everyone from the administration to the staff, as well as to the parents and students. It is a whole team effort that makes the Eads School successful. Parents support the teachers and administrators entrusting their children to the care of the professional educators. Teachers and staff take their responsibilities seriously and the motto, “What is best for the students?” is always foremost in their minds. And, finally, this community is blessed with good kids who want to learn and understand the value of being educated.