NEWS from Detroit Public Schools
Office of Public Relations

Steven Wasko
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Ronald Brown Academy and Principal Nancy Ross were recently named winners of the National School Change Award. They were one of six schools in the country to receive the award sponsored by the Panasonic Corporation of North America.

Ronald Brown Academy along with the other selected schools, are being recognized for rising from an underperforming school to achieving exemplary status. All the schools chosen will receive a cash grant and donation of Panasonic products totaling more than five thousand dollars.

In addition, Ms. Ross was invited to attend an awards presentation by the United States Department of Education at a special ceremony in New York City. Ronald Brown Academy will also participate in a national research project focusing on school change and Ms. Ross will make a presentation about her school at the National Principals Leadership Institute this summer.

After receiving a nomination Ronald Brown Academy had to meet a list of criteria including the submission of an application and essay in order to receive the award.

Created in 1999, the award is meant to “recognize those schools (and school districts) that have been able to achieve significant change.” Since its beginning, over 600 schools from 44 states have been nominated for the Panasonic National School Change Award. This is the only award of its type in the nation.


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