Seen and Heard at the Broad Prize celebration

Seen and Heard at the Broad Prize celebration

As a first-year finalist for the prestigous Broad Prize, Gwinnett County Public Schools was awarded $250,000 in college scholarships for graduating seniors next spring. The Prize honors five large urban school districts that demonstrate the strongest student achievement and improvement while narrowing achievement gaps between income and ethnic groups. Click here to learn more and here for a booklet about the Broad Prize finalists, with the GCPS profile beginning on page 16.

"It was thrilling to know that Gwinnett County Public Schools is recognized nationally for the good work our teachers and schools are doing. It is exciting to be set up as a model of achievement for other districts across the nation."
CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks

From left, Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, Eli and Edythe Broad, BOE Chairman Daniel Seckinger, and Bay Creek MS Teacher Tim Mullen
"We were winners before we got here. The worst thing that was going to happen was we were going to get $250,000 for our kids."
BOE Chairman Daniel Seckinger
“There seems to be great alignment in thought and practice across the nation, certainly among high-performing schools, but also among policy makers at the national level.”
Ken Johnson, Principal of Berkmar HS,
a school visited by the Broad Prize review team

From left, BOE Member Louise Radloff, Eli Broad, Chief Human Resources Officer Dr. Frances Davis, and Radloff MS Principal Dr. Patty Heitmuller
“The fact that [Broad] sought out GCPS after researching the 100 largest schools systems in the U.S. should be a point of pride.… This is a TESTIMONIAL to the hard work of ALL teachers in Gwinnett.”
Tim Mullen, Bay Creek MS teacher, representing GCPS teachers at the announcement
“The president understands that the only path to long-term economic security is to have an educated workforce able to compete across the globe for the jobs of the future. We have to educate our way to a better economy.”
U.S. Secretary of
Arne Duncan
"What brought it all home to me was hearing from a former student (Cindy, a daughter of Haitian immigrants) who received a Broad scholarship, graduated with a degree in statistics, and went on to graduate school. She has inspired me to find the 'Cindys' in my school, work even harder to help them improve academically, and connect them with resources that can help them complete a college education."
Dr. Patty Heitmuller, Principal of Radloff MS,
a school visited by the Broad Prize review team
"Gwinnett County students, teachers, parents, administrators and the entire community deserve to celebrate."
Eli Broad of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

From left, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Eli Broad, CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks
At left, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (left) and Berkmar HS Principal Ken Johnson
“On behalf of the Congress of the United States, may I say that this is a great day for America’s public schools. It is a great day for education. It is a great day for democracy.”
Speaker of the U.S. House
of Representatives
Nancy Pelosi