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Conley Elementary in Roslindale wins $100,000 EdVestors prize

Posted by Roy Greene  October 22, 2013 03:01 PM

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The George H. Conley Elementary school in Roslindale is the winner of this year’s $100,000 Thomas W. Payzant School on the Move prize, and two other schools have each been awarded $25,000.

The prizes were announced Tuesday by EdVestors, an educational non-profit that issued the awards.

“By encouraging a strong sense of self-efficacy, increasing our level of rigor, and having high expectations of ourselves and out students, we have been able to make dramatic and transformative shifts in the climate and culture of our school,” Joe Foley, principal of the Conley, said in a statement.

The school received the award based on numerous factors, most chiefly their improved MCAS test scores and exceptional teacher leadership.

“They improved student performance in math by 15 points over four academic years and in English-language arts by 18 points,” said Laura Perille, CEO of EdVestors. “They were also serving many students with special needs without a lot of additional resources.”

The award was increased this year for the first time from $25,000 to $100,000.

Two other schools, Orchard Gardens K-8 school in Roxbury and Urban Science Academy in West Roxbury, were each awarded $25,000, a jump from the usual $10,000 rewarded for runners-up.

“We all benefit when our city is home to such innovative schools, businesses, organizations, and educational leaders,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said at the award ceremony, which took place at Faneuil Hall this morning, according to a statement.

Conley Elementary will receive a cash award of $80,000, with the remainder of the funds directed to research the school’s winning strategies so they may be replicated at other urban schools.

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