AWARD WINNER — From the left, Brenda Slezak, Title I Teacher, Karen Lee, Data Coach and Prairie View Principal Greg Jensen attended the National Title I Association Conference in Nashville to accept an award for PVS. Photo courtesy of Greg Jensen
By Tirsea McNeal, I-O Reporter
Tuesday, Jan.10, The National Title I Association announced Prairie View School from Conrad, had been named a National Title I Distinguished School by the Montana state department of education.
Prairie View School is one of 67 schools throughout the country being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2012.
A project of the National Title I Association, the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students.
Principal Greg Jensen from Prairie View School, along with Karen Lee, Data Coach and Brenda Slezak, Title 1 Teacher flew to the National Title I Association Conference in Nashville, Tenn. where Jensen accepted the award on behalf of Prairie View School.
The award highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for their students. The program has been in place since 1996, highlighting the success of hundreds of schools in one of two categories.
Category 1 is for exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years.
Category 2 is for closing the achievement gap between students.
Prairie View School received the award for Category 2, closing the achievement gap between students.
Jensen said, “Prairie View School is the only school in Montana to receive an award for Category 2.”
Title I is the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind.
It is the largest federally funded pre-college education program in the United States and provides funding to school districts across the country to aid in the education of economically disadvantaged students.
The National Title I Association is a membership organization made up of the Title I Directors from each of the states and territories, who are charged with managing their state Title I program to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to ensure that all children, especially those living in economically disadvantaged conditions, have the opportunity to receive a high quality education.
The National Title I Association implemented the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have successfully used their Title I federal funds to improve the education for economically disadvantaged students.
Jensen said, “I accepted the award on behalf of the terrific work by all the staff and students of Prairie View School.”
Regarding the assembly, Jensen commented, “It was an exciting conference. They had a key note speaker every day, and the attendance was probably over 5,000 people.”
More information about all National Title I Distinguished Schools is available on the National Title I Association website: www.titlei.org.