Magazine article District Administration

X-Factor Student Achievement Awards 2007: A 300-Word Entry Brings $30,000 to a K12 School District

Magazine article District Administration

X-Factor Student Achievement Awards 2007: A 300-Word Entry Brings $30,000 to a K12 School District

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DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION LAUNCHED THE FIRST-EVER X-FACTOR Student Achievement Awards last spring, with the exclusive sponsorship of AutoSkill International Inc., a company that creates intervention software solutions to help close the proficiency gap in K12 schools.

The program challenged public school educators to submit one or more 300-word descriptions of a creative "X-factor" idea that would raise student achievement in their districts.

Proposals could be targeted to student groups, classes or schools, as long as each was practical, did not take long to implement, was transferable to any size district and had measurable results. The grand-prize winner would receive $30,000 seed money to jump-start the initiative, and as Susan Koch, vice president of marketing at AutoSkill International put it, the program provided "a forum to share new ideas and the financial means to test the winning concept in a real-world classroom

Entries were submitted online with a deadline of June 30, 2007, and we were gratified by the number, quality and variety of proposals received from school districts throughout the United States. The many ideas included purchasing interactive whiteboards and portable readers, equipping mobile learning labs, hiring mentors and tutors, initiating classroom videoconferences, organizing field trips, providing career training, and implementing curriculum programs in almost every content area.

The proposals were judged by the entire editorial staff of DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION over a period of several weeks, and each idea was reviewed and discussed multiple times to narrow the field. …

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