Newspaper article The Florida Times Union
Englewood Teacher Honored Innovation Attracts National Spotlight
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
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
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
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. …