Announcing the 2015 Lawrence W. O’Toole Award Winner

Congratulations to the Sanborn Regional School District

on winning the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s 4th Annual Lawrence W. O’Toole Award! This award is given out each year to an educator, school, district or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in New England.

 

A huge thank you goes out to all of the nominees and participants who took the time to vote in this contest and promote student-centered learning around New England.

Final Voting Results

This year, more than 11,000  individuals submitted votes on the Students at the Center Hub, with Sanborn finishing with the most votes. With support from educators across the district, the senior leadership team in Sanborn has transformed the school system into one where student learning is measured through real-world projects, students take ownership over their learning, feedback is constant, and learning is personalized.

Sanborn will be presented with the award at a ceremony in New Hampshire later this year.

About the Sanborn Regional School District

At the Sanborn Regional School District in New Hampshire, grades represent more than a number, including how a student performs based on district competencies. Students are encouraged to assess their work and retest to demonstrate higher levels of competency. Seven years ago, Sanborn decided to take a risk by adopting a “move on when ready” system focused on competencies, where students move ahead when they’ve mastered content, not when they’ve earned a certain amount of credits, or sat in a classroom for a certain amount of time. With support from educators across the district, the senior leadership team in Sanborn has transformed the school system into one where student learning is measured through real world projects, students take ownership over their learning, and feedback is constant and students have the opportunity to personalize their learning.

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