Four Federal Way schools win improvement awards

Federal Way Public Schools announced June 17 that four elementary schools — Adelaide, Camelot, Mark Twain and Panther Lake — will each receive an award of $5,515.

The awards are to be used to “support their continuing efforts to increase student academic success.”

Per the news release, the awards are funded through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I, Part A and come from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. To be eligible, each of the four schools met three criteria:

• Making Adequate Yearly Progress for three years (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10).

• Been Title I funded for the last three years (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10).

• Shown improvement overall in mathematics and/or reading proficiency and are making gains in closing the achievement gap.

From the release, FWPS “has the largest number of schools to receive the award out of any district in the state.” For more information, visit

Local educator is an emerging leader

In a June 2 press release, Federal Way Public Schools and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, (ASCD), announced Hannah Penna's inclusion in the 2011 ASCD Class of Emerging Leaders.

The Emerging Leaders Program "recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy and practice on both the local and national levels."Penna, an instructional technology specialist with Federal Way schools, sees this honor as another step forward in helping create change in education.

"I am passionate about creating systemic change that makes a difference in an innovative way," Penna was quoted as saying in the release. "I value education; in turn, I look forward to learning how to better honor my potential and inspire others through participating in the Emerging Leaders Program."

According to the release, candidates for this program are made through a process of self-nominations, and recommendations by a wide range of educational professionals. Once nominated, a review panel selects members of the Emerging Leader Program.

Those selected take part in the program for two years, and spend that time in a collaborative effort with a mentor and other ASCD members. Candidates for this program are typically educators who have been in the profession between 5 to 15 years.

Program participants also typically have a "marked interest in making a positive contribution to education policy and practice, and have invested in professional growth opportunities aimed at improving student outcomes."

For more information on the Emerging Leaders Program or ASCD, visit


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