Englewood Teacher Honored Innovation Attracts National Spotlight

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When Englewood High School undergoes its 10-year review by the

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools next year, students

will have a lot to do with the information officials receive.

The plan is to have Englewood technology students create a

multimedia presentation that will be used as the school's

self-study report.

Using computers, digital cameras, video cameras, video and

audio editing equipment, scanners and software programs,

students will create an assessment report that SACS will use as

part of Englewood's evaluation.

Getting students involved in the school's evaluation is the

brainchild of William Pugh, head of the school's technology

department.

Pugh said the school has never done anything like this before,

but he's convinced it will work.

And he isn't alone. Others also have faith in the idea.

On March 23 his idea to involve students in the school's

evaluation made him the winner of a national educator's award

program called the Education's Unsung Heroes Awards, sponsored

by ReliaStar and Northern Life, a family of insurance and

mortgage companies.

Pugh was one of 100 educators recognized around the nation. The

awards program recognizes kindergarten through 12th-grade

educators nationwide for their innovative teaching methods and

their ability to positively influence the children they teach.

Northern Life and ReliaStar have sponsored the award for the

last three years and have awarded $640,000 to 260 educators

across the United States.

Michael Dubes, Northern Life president, said Pugh "exemplifies

the innovative spirit that is making a difference in classrooms

across the country."

On Tuesday at the Duval County School Board offices on

Prudential Drive, Pugh will be awarded $2,000. …