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Three educators, recognized for their efforts to integrate technology into schools or to raise academic achievement for students deemed at risk of failing, were awarded the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education last week. Established in 1988, the McGraw Prize is awarded annually by the New York City- based McGraw-Hill Cos. Each winner will receive $25,000.

Mark A. Edwards

Mark A. Edwards has been the superintendent of the 44,500-student Henrico County public schools near Richmond, Va., for nine years. Mr. Edwards, 50, started the district's Technology and Learning Initiative, in 2001. The program has provided laptop computers to 25,000 6th to 12th grade students. District officials credit the laptop initiative with raising student achievement.

Kati Haycock

Kati Haycock founded the Education Trust in 1990 and serves as its director. The Washington-based advocacy group for disadvantaged students works with school districts and communities in 22 states to raise academic standards and improve the quality of instruction in high-poverty schools. The trust provides research, analyses, and interactive Web tools.

Carol A. Twigg

Carol A. Twigg has been the executive director of the Center for Academic Transformation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., since 1999.

The center oversees the Program in Course Redesign, a partnership with 30 institutions of higher education nationwide that demonstrates ways of using technology to reduce costs while also raising student achievement.

Ms. Twigg, 58, was honored in 1995 by Newsweek magazine as one of the 50 most influential thinkers of the information revolution.

—Catherine A. Carroll

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Vol. 23, Issue 4, Page 5

Published in Print: September 24, 2003, as People in the News

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