NEW YORK, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children's publishing, education and media company, today announced the recipients of the 2013 READ 180® and System 44® Outstanding Educator Awards. This award, now in its seventh year, recognizes four exceptional teachers who have proven that it is never too late to turn around the academic path for struggling students and help them achieve success. This year's Outstanding Educators have accelerated the progress of their students enrolled in READ 180 and System 44, the blended learning programs proven to raise reading achievement for struggling students in grades 3–12, and have helped them overcome both personal and academic obstacles. The students taught by these educators have shown significant growth in one year and have become enthusiastic readers who are able to tackle more complex texts.
"At Scholastic we know that with the right support and tools, every teacher can be a 'Force Multiplier', making an exponential positive impact on their students' lives," said Margery Mayer, President of Scholastic Education. "We are thrilled to celebrate these four outstanding educators and commend them for their unwavering dedication to their students."
The Outstanding Educator nominations are carefully reviewed by a Scholastic committee that takes into account not only the reading growth of each teacher's class, but also nomination statements from colleagues and students detailing the impact the nominated educator has had on a school, classroom, or personal level. The Outstanding Educators will each receive a $1,200 check, an all-expense-paid trip to Scholastic headquarters in New York City, and a commemorative plaque. Additionally, the educators who nominated the 2013 Outstanding Educator Award winners will receive a READ 180 Xtra Collection for their classrooms.The 2013 READ 180 Outstanding Educators are: High School Tina Burnsworth – Salem High School, Virginia Beach, VA Once a struggling reader herself, Ms. Burnsworth relates to the challenges her students face on a daily basis. "My students hear my story," said Ms. Burnsworth. "They see my passion and confidence that READ 180 is a key to open the door to success. READ 180 would have made a world of a difference to me when I was a struggling reader." Ms. Burnsworth's commitment to individual student learning is apparent in the remarkable literacy growth seen in her students over multiple years. Since Ms. Burnsworth began teaching READ 180 seven years ago, she has built a robust reading program for Salem High School students. The majority of her students have attained an average of 2.5 years of reading growth in a single year—the highest of any secondary reading teacher in her school district. Ms. Burnsworth has taken on a leadership role outside her building, sharing her teaching methods with her fellow reading specialists and literacy teachers to help them build their reading programs. She has also collaborated with district secondary principals as they look for a leadership model to build literacy support for struggling readers in their schools.