Educators see excellence in motion at NCUST symposium


Educators attending the National Center for Urban School Transformation symposium quietly strolled the halls of Dallas ISD elementary schools considered to be among the nation’s highest performing schools. Student leaders proudly guided their special visitors to give them a sneak peek at excellence in motion.

The group composed of principals, assistant principals, teachers, and instructional coaches from across the country took the opportunity to “see first-hand what our award-winning schools look like,” Shirley Peterson, NCUST executive coach said.

To have four schools in the same district receive this prestigious designation in the same year “is quite an honor,” Peterson added. The award recognizes schools that:

  • Have achieved high levels of academic success among every student group
  • Maintain high attendance levels
  • Demonstrate excellence in STEM subjects
  • Are not selective enrollment campuses

Dallas ISD schools named as 2015 National Excellence in Urban Education Award recipients are:

Bronze Award Winners: Walnut Hill, John Q. Adams, and Jimmie Tyler Brashear elementary schools

Silver Award Winner: John J. Pershing Elementary School

Silver level winners are eligible to be elevated to Gold status. That announcement will be made and awards officially presented at ceremonies held May 21 at the Westin Galleria.

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