Shannon Coletti, a student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the Gevirtz School, is Principal of Rose Avenue School in the Oxnard School District. Rose Avenue School is one of only three schools in Ventura or Santa Barbara Counties to receive the prestigious 2010 Title I Academic Achievement Award. Only 238 California schools received the award this year. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell will present the award to Ms. Coletti, Rose Avenue staff, and students at a reception and ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim on April 21.
“These award recipients prove that with hard work and high expectations, students can overcome challenges and achieve academic success,” said O’Connell. “By working together, administrators, teachers, staff, students, and parents have raised student achievement and narrowed the achievement gap. I congratulate these schools and everyone who worked hard to make them deserving of this significant award.”
O’Connell called the principal at each of the schools selected to receive the Title I Academic Achievement Award to convey the good news and express his own congratulations and gratitude. “It is definitely worthwhile to personally give credit where credit is due,” said O'Connell. “I wanted to let these school leaders know that their hard work has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.”
The criteria to qualify for the Title I Academic Achievement Award have become more rigorous in recent years. To meet the criteria for this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California’s academic content standards. Additionally, the school’s socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.
[Shannon Coletti is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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