Earlier this summer, the Denver-based Education Commission of the States announced the winners of its 2007 awards. Gaston Caperton, the president of the New York City-based College Board, received the James Bryant Conant Award, which recognizes an individual’s contribution to American education. The ECS Corporate award honored the New York City-based international education and information company Pearson Education, for its sustained commitment to improving public education.
The National Coalition for Literacy—a Washington-based organization that promotes adult education, language, and literacy—recently announced the recipients of its 2007 Literacy Leadership Award. The award honors four individuals and one philanthropic organization for contributions to improving literacy in the United States. This year’s winners are U.S. Rep. Michael Castle, R-Del.; U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.; Irwin Kirsch, director of the Center for Global Assessment at the Princeton, N.J.-based Educational Testing Service; David A. Perdue, former chairman and chief executive officer of Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General; and the Atlanta-based UPS Foundation.
The Norwalk, Conn.-based District Administration magazine, through the sponsorship of the Ottawa, Ontario-based AutoSkill International, awarded the first $30,000 X-Factor Award to the 900-student Mohawk Elementary School in Bessemer, Pa., for its Action-Based Learning program. The award aims to honor schools that demonstrate innovative ways of improving student test scores. Mohawk Elementary School’s Action-Based Learning program uses kinesthetic learning to help kindergarteners retrieve and retain information.