Honors & Awards

September 19, 2001 3 min read


Three education programs were recently named among 15 finalists for the Innovations in American Government Award. The award recognizes successful programs in all levels of government and promotes the replication of innovative approaches to governmental problems. The award is administered by the Institute for Government Innovation, a department of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and by the Washington-based Council for Excellence in Government, a nonprofit group that seeks to improve the performance of government.

The three finalists will each receive a $20,000 grant and be eligible for a $100,000 prize when the award winners are chosen in October 2001. The three finalists are:

The State of California and University of California’s Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement program, which helps disadvantaged students succeed in math, engineering, and science fields in school.

The Toledo Board of Education’s Toledo Plan, created by the Toledo Federation of Teachers and the Toledo Board of Education, which replaces standard teacher evaluation processes with a peer-review approach that provides teachers with more leadership roles.

The Illinois State Board of Education’s Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program, which addresses the state’s teacher shortage by offering scholarships to high school and college students in return for their commitment to teach in Illinois public schools for five years.


The College Board, a New York City-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing students for higher education, honored four state legislators at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures in San Antonio last month for their work as members of the National Education Goals Panel.

State Rep. Spencer Coggs, D-Wis., state Rep. Mary Lou Cowlishaw, R-Ill., state Rep. Douglas R. Jones, R-Idaho, and state Sen. Stephen M. Stoll, D-Mo., represent state legislatures in the Washington-based NEGP, a bipartisan federal and state government organization that helps schools meet the panel’s eight goals for education in the United States. The four were recognized for their commitment to providing access to high-quality education for all students and their support for educational excellence in schools.


James Testerman received the Virgina Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights for his work to provide a safe educational environment for gay and lesbian educators during his tenure as co-chair of the Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the Washington-based National Education Association, the nation’s largest teacher’s union. Mr. Testerman is a middle school science teacher in the Central York School District in Pennslyvania, and treasurer of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. He was presented with the award at the NEA’S Human and Civil Rights Awards banquet in July.

The Education Commission of the States, a Denver, Colo.-based nonprofit organization that helps policymakers implement school improvement policies, awarded its new Corporate Award to the MetLife Foundation at a special ceremony in Philadelphia in July. The award recognized the New York City-based foundation’s efforts to improve education by giving voice to school improvement efforts. The foundation has conducted the Survey of the American Teacher for 17 years to hear teachers’ opinions on various reform efforts, and established the National Teacher Policy Institute to help disseminate teachers’ ideas.

The National Governors Assocation, a Washington-based organization, recently announced eight winners of its Distinguished Service to State Government awards, which recognize individuals and programs that have made contributions to improving their state’s government.

Leslie R. Jacobs, an at-large member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, won the award for her success with implementing standards-based reforms throughout the state education system. Ms. Jacobs and the other winners were honored last month at the NGA’s annual meeting in Providence, R.I.

The Association of Education Publishers, a nonprofit organization based in Logan Township, N.J., recently awarded its Golden Lamp Award, which recognizes excellence in education publishing, to the American School Board Journal. The ASBJ is a publication of the Alexandria, Va.-based National School Boards Association, that provides news and information for school leaders and policymakers.