The Broad Foundation Research Committee Visits the Corona-Norco School District
A group of national education experts toured the Corona-Norco Unified School District during the week of May 14 as part of the decision process for The Broad Prize for Urban Education. CNUSD was named one of four finalists for the $550,000 scholarship prize in April of this year.
The four-day visit included interviews with district officials, principals, teachers, staff, parents, students and community members, as well as classroom observations and a press conference. The information collected during the week will be presented to a jury deciding the winner of The Broad Prize, and the best practices garnered will be shared with urban school districts nationwide.
The committee members spoke with nearly 300 people representing the district and visited six schools, touring numerous classrooms.
“This was a special opportunity and it validates the fabulous work everyone involved with the district is doing for the students,” said Dr. Kent Bechler, CNUSD superintendent.
The experts presented the district with an exit report on Thursday, May 17, in which they shared the main themes they took away from their site visit. The researchers recognized the district’s commitment to professional development at all levels, emphasis on educating the whole child, budgetary and human resources practices that protect and develop instruction, and well-maintained, safe learning environments, among other observations.
The Broad Prize is awarded annually by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a national education philanthropy based in Los Angeles that seeks to ensure that every student in an urban public school has the opportunity to succeed. The award honors urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement in the nation while reducing income and ethnic achievement gaps.
The winning school district, which will be announced on Oct. 23 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, will receive $550,000 in college scholarships for graduating 2013 high school seniors. Each finalist district will receive $150,000 in scholarships. Seventy-five large urban school districts nationwide were eligible for the 2012 Broad Prize. Other finalist districts this year are: the Houston Independent School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the School District of Palm Beach County, Fla. For details: visit www.broadprize.com.