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Congratulations to the staff,
 students, and parents of
Gwinnett County Public Schools and
 the citizens of Gwinnett  County!
 Your school system was named the winner of
The 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education,
the country's most prestigious
award for public education!
Oct. 20, 2010, Vol. 8, No. 4
Broad Seen & Heard
Celebrating the good news
 in New York City  
Mullen, Wilbanks, and Murphy applaud the Broad Prize announcement 
CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, flanked by Dr. Tim Mullen, a Bay Creek Middle teacher, and Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Education, reacts to the announcement at the awards ceremony in New York. Click here for more sights from the awards ceremony. 

 

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CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks thanked the five members of the Board of Education, central office staff, a supportive community, but, most important, the folks in the local schools with these words:

"Let me present to you the real heroes.... the two people that make a real difference in the lives of students and their success... the teachers and principals. I want every teacher and every principal in Gwinnett County Public Schools to understand that it's not us in the district office... you are the ones who carry out the challenge of what we are supposed to do to educate children. We learned a long time ago that our business is teaching and learning and the emphasis is on learning. That has caused a sea change in what we do."

Dr. Tim Mullen, a Bay Creek Middle teacher, and Norcross High Principal Jonathan Patterson represented Gwinnett educators and leaders
at the event.
 Click here for a publication on best practices in Gwinnett and other Broad finalists.

GCPS wins prestigious education award       On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the Broad Prize ceremony at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City was broadcast by satellite feed to the five communities with districts vying for the honor-- Gwinnett County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina; Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland; and the Socorro Independent School District and the Ysleta Independent School District, both in Texas. The Prize is presented by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The award brings $1 million in scholarships for Gwinnett's students and recognition of the district's efforts to increase student achievement and close the achievement gap. This is Gwinnett's second time to be named a finalist and first time to win. Get details about the award in this news release.
Watch the award announcement
Broad Prize statueClick here to watch the nerve-wracking announcement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as he calls, in random order, the districts that would not win the big prize. When the fourth of four finalists was named and it was clear that GCPS was the winner, the crowd-- in GCPS' Board Room and in New York-- erupted in applause.
Why Gwinnett?
The Broad Foundation cited the school system's leadership, focus, and commitment to all students in awarding the prize to Gwinnett. Increasing student achievement, narrowing achievement gaps, and high participation by poor and minority students in rigorous classes and exams were among the reasons that Gwinnett stood out to the Broad Review Board. Check out the GCPS statistics behind Gwinnett's Broad win, an FAQ on The Broad Prize for Urban Education, and more about the selection process. Districts cannot apply for the coveted prize. Instead, the Broad Foundation looks at the achievement of 100 of the largest districts in America that serve significant percentages of low-income and minority students. Specifically, the Prize recognizes districts that maintain high levels of achievement while closing the achievement gap.
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2010 Gwinnett County Board of Education
   Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, Chairman; Dr. Robert McClure, Vice Chairman;
Carole Boyce; Louise Radloff;
and Daniel D. Seckinger. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks