The 180 Educator Awards recognize exceptional teachers who have proven that it is never too late to turn around the academic path for struggling students to help them achieve success. Nominated by their colleagues and peers, these teachers have an unwavering dedication to their students, helping them overcome both personal and academic obstacles.
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Please join us in congratulating the following outstanding educators:
Hector McCormick, READ 180, Stage A
Lake Hills Elementary School
Bellevue School District, Bellevue, WA
Students in Hector McCormick’s fifth grade READ 180 class understand that he sets high expectations for their growth in reading, and they work hard every day to reach those expectations and often, surpass them.
Mr. McCormick infuses rigorous, culturally-relevant instruction, paired with strong social emotional support. He makes learning authentic through the implementation of a buddy classroom visits where older struggling students mentor younger students, helping them to build self-confidence, literacy skills and community involvement.
“READ 180 is an electronic based reading intervention program that identifies and addresses individual student needs through differentiated instruction,” said Mr. McCormick “ Since using this program, I have found it very easy to fit it in my literacy block due to its flexibility. The highlight of the READ 180 program is when, we as a class, celebrate student success and I start to see confident readers.
“Hector is an incredibly dedicated fifth-grade teacher who works hard to know each of his students and their academic and personal needs,” said Vicky Capestany, Literacy Facilitator at Lake Hills Elementary School. “Hector has taken an innovative approach with his use of the READ 180 program, and dives deeply into the available data to create meaningful instruction decisions. He clearly outlines his learning plans and goals, collaborates widely and makes powerful interpersonal connections, seeking out the expertise of his colleagues, student families and students themselves."
Trelawny Shepherd, READ 180, Stage B
Grapevine Middle School
Grapevine School District, Grapevine, TX
Mrs. Shepherd teaches sixth to eighth grade students, and is a strong believer that all children have the right to learn, be educated and be loved. She fosters a classroom culture where students feel safe and comfortable, and where their voices are heard and respected. Mrs. Shepherd is passionate about promoting growth mindset, perseverance, grit, and intrinsic motivation.
Using data from the READ 180 program, coupled with district progress monitoring tools, Mrs. Shepherd ensures each student’s growth is celebrated an encouraged throughout their learning journey. Not only is she passionate about building her own professional development instruction practices, but she consistently shares key learnings with her READ 180 colleagues throughout the district by proactively sharing solutions and ideas that have worked well for her.
“My favorite part of teaching READ 180 is watching my students become advocates and owners of their learning,” said Mrs. Shepherd. “There is nothing better than a student seeing and recognizing their own growth over a length of time. Their eye light up, their smiles go wide, and for some, this is the first time they believe they can do great things.”
Nicole Krubski, READ 180, Stage C
Highland Park High School
Highland Park School District, Highland Park, NJ
A leader in the Highland Park School district for students and teachers using READ 180, Ms. Krubski has developed and implemented strategies to meet the needs of different learners and is consistently responsive to the differing circumstances they face outside of the classroom. Every child is important to Ms. Krubski and as a teacher leader, she makes every effort to model for her colleagues how to support students and their families so every student can succeed socially and academically in the school environment.
Ms. Krubski sets clear expectations, communicates effectively, and her approachable disposition brings people together.
“Ms. Krubski is an outstanding educator who has a deep knowledge of educational practices and possesses the intellectual and social skills necessary for effective leadership,” said Jennifer, Knapp, Supervisor of Funded Programs and District Initiatives in the Highland Park Public Schools. “She serves as an instructional leader for her colleagues by regularly providing professional learning opportunities and coaching for the READ 180 program. Ms. Krubski’s goal is for all students to succeed and reach their potential, and it is evident in the data that her students rise to her expectations.”
"I strive to make my classroom a place where my students will want to be,” said Ms. Krubski. “If they have struggled through their educational career until they get to me, school is not a positive place for them. The only way to break that cycle is to be a different kind of classroom and that is what READ 180 has allowed me to do."
Sandra Barcarolo, System 44
Palmetto Ridge High School
Collier County Public schools, Naples, FL
An exceptional teacher and consummate advocate for her System 44 English Language Learner (ELL), students, Ms. Barcarolo fosters a classroom community where students feel comfortable to learn and take risks.
Ms. Barcarolo’s class represents twelve different countries. She takes the time to work individually with her students, and promotes small group instruction so she can provide immediate feedback while students learn collaboratively. She encourages her students to read their System 44 books out oud, and records their presentations so students and teacher colleagues can watch the videos as a learning experience.
The epitome of a professional educator, Ms. Barcarolo combines reading goals, classroom rigor, goal setting, and consistent constructive feedback with the ultimate binder; Relationships, said Mr. Jon Bremseth, Principal of Palmetto Ridge High School. “Her students truly benefit from her ability and passion to make learning relevant and attainable. She is a tribute to the profession of education.”
“Ms. Barcarolo personalizes the education of each student to make it meaningful, impactful, and attainable. She truly embraces our school motto, which is “one school, one family said Ms. Kristen Gauly, Guidance Counselor Palmetto at Ridge High School. “This year, Ms. Barcarolo worked to get daily snacks for her students, worked on their needs and granted each a wish. Some of those wishes spanned from getting extra mentors, additional counseling, grief therapy and even a washing machine to assist a family that was homeless.”
“My philosophy as an educator has always been that students will not remember every single thing I taught them, but they will forever remember how I treated them,” said Ms. Barcarolo. Each year I am determined to make my classroom a safe environment for students to learn, take risks, and gain confidence. My students are on a Journey to Graduation from the moment they enter my classroom., and are the reason for my success as a teacher.”
Dianne Booth, MATH 180
Lake Hamilton Middle School
Lake Hamilton School District, Pearcy, AR
Ms. Booth consistently goes above and beyond for her MATH 180 students. A passionate educator with a degree from the University of Central Arkansas and over 13 years of experience, Diane is dedicated to improving the self-efficacy of her students by offering reassurance and advice on choices they make in and out of the classroom. As a result, Diane’s students not only receive sound instruction on their academic progression, but also instruction on how to participate and work within the community.
“Using my marketing background, I am able to apply MATH 180 strategies to professional situations and my own personal experiences,” said Ms. Booth. “We have challenging discussions and it is rewarding to see these eager, young minds comprehending the importance of preparing for their future. I strive to make a positive impact on my students not only in the classroom but in their everyday lives.”
Ms. Booth takes great pride in monitoring her student’s success. When a student is falling behind, she works with them individually until they demonstrate an understanding of the concept. Dianne urges students to come in before school or during lunch hour for more individualized instruction.
“Ms. Booth always has a word of encouragement for each of her students every day and this support continues when they graduate from the MATH 180 program,” said Angie Gray, Math Instructional Facilitator at Lake Hamilton Middle School. “Our students know if they reach a certain Math Inventory score, they can switch from the MATH 180 class to another elective of their choice. Even when students obtain that score, many request to stay in the MATH 180 classroom because they are finally enjoying a math class, and that is attributed to Ms. Booth.”
Educator Award FAQs
Click a question below to see the answer or download the 180 Awards Terms and Conditions for all rules and restrictions.
The deadline for the Qualifying Round is February 25, 2019.
If selected for the Finalist Round, the deadline is March 31, 2019.
Submit a completed Nomination Packet online:
Your Nomination Packet for the Qualifying Round must include:
- Nomination Form
Nominator’s response to the following question:
In 300 words or less, please describe your Outstanding Educator nominee’s exceptional commitment to improving the lives of struggling learners. This may include information about how your educator is constantly innovating and differentiating instruction, a moment where you observed the educator going above and beyond the call of duty, or any information that you believe supports your nominee’s dedication to helping the students that need it the most.
If your educator is selected to compete in the Finalist Round, you will be notified no later than March 11, 2019.
Each Finalist must submit an Entry in video format.
Finalist Round: Video Entry Submission Requirements Checklist
All submissions of Video Entries must meet the following requirements:
1. Include a statement from the Nominee.
Illustrate how the Nominee possesses the qualities of an Outstanding Educator including:
- How the Nominee demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to helping READ 180, MATH 180 and/or System 44 students grow personally and academically by attaining the literacy (or math) skills needed to succeed in school and in life.
- How the Nominee is a champion of technology and innovation, utilizing data to continuously modify instruction to meet the complex needs of struggling learners.
- How the Nominee requires excellence at all times, inspiring students to see beyond the borders of the classroom and continue to improve their reading achievement to reach their goals.
2.Include a statement from the Nominee’s Student(s).
About a moment when the Nominee had a significant impact on the student(s)
Example: a time where everything “clicked” due to the Nominee’s help, a moment where the Nominee inspired his/her students to further pursue a subject that they studied in READ 180, MATH 180 or System 44 etc.
3. Video must meet the following Technical Requirements.
- Be approximately one (1) minute in length and not exceed three (3) minutes.
- Contain only original music (if any music is used.) Entries may not contain any non-original music.
- Video must include sound and be done in English
- Video must include a shot of READ 180, MATH 180 or System 44 product or logos.
- Be one of the following video file formats: MPEG4; .MOV; .WMV; .FLV
- Video file size limit: 500MB
5.Include Student Data (separate from video).
Verifying that at least 3-5 of the Nominee’s students have demonstrated significant reading or math improvement
- Do not use student’s names or other personal information about the students.
- If the Nominated Educator is nominated for a READ 180 or System 44 award, student data measured by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Inventory or Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Phonics Inventory should be submitted.
- If the Nominated Educator is nominated for a MATH 180 award, student data measured by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Math Inventory or another math assessment measurement should be submitted.
6. Include District Approval Form.
Signed by a district official confirming the Nominee has the District’s approval to accept the Grand Prize should it be awarded to him/her.
7. Include a Release Form* signed by
- the Nominee
- Anyone who appears (name, image, likeness, voice or comments) in the Video.
- The student(s) who appear in the video, and each student’s parent/guardian
*All release forms must be submitted with the Entry.
7. Additional Submission Requirements
- All entries must be the original work of the Nominee, may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.
- May not defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
- May not contain trademarks, logos or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind, without permission; the only permissible logos to include are those of READ 180, MATH 180 and System 44.
- May not contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including music, photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media);
- May not contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other indicia identifying any person, living or dead, without a written consent being submitted to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt with the Entry;
- Must communicate positive images and messaging.
One or more nominations may be submitted per teacher, principal, or other school/technology administrator as applicable. However, educators may only be nominated for one of the HMH Intervention Programs, either READ 180, MATH 180 or System 44. They may not be nominated for all three.
As many as you want! However, you must submit one Nomination Packet per educator and each educator can only be nominated ONCE.
No, you must select whether to nominate the educator for READ 180 OR System 44.
Qualifying Round: Judges will review the Nomination Packets and assign a score to each Nomination Packet based on how effectively the Nominator’s statement conveys the Nominee’s exceptional commitment to improving the lives of struggling learners.
Finalist Round: Judges will review the Nominees’ entries and assign a 12-point maximum score, based on a maximum of 4 points in each category:
- Innovation in the Classroom
- Student Success
No additional points or favor will be awarded to a particular Entry format. Video Entries will be judged solely on content and not technical merit.
Yes, release forms are required for all student participants. All Finalists who submit a Video Entry must include additional release forms from all individuals who appear in the video submission.
Educator winners will be announced by May 2019.
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