June 28, 2016 (Washington, D.C.) – SETDA, the principal membership association representing U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders, announced Northfield Community Middle School (NCMS) from Northfield, New Jersey as the 2016 Student Voices Award Winner. Northfield was recognized for leveraging technology to dramatically improve educational experiences and achievement for their students. In addition to this honor, Northfield received the Elsie Brumback Scholarship, which supports sending a delegation of students & staff to present during the Education Forum at the annual SETDA Leadership Summit in October.
For the past nine years, SETDA has honored one school annually across the USA; this is the first time a New Jersey school has received the award. Four finalists were selected from a large slate of innovative programs from across the country including
- Northfield Community Middle School, New Jersey
- Rutherford County Schools (RCS), North Carolina
- Elizabeth Forward School District, Pennsylvania
- Greeneville City Schools, Tennessee
Learn more about Student Voices award and past winners here: http://www.setda.org/about/awards/.
“SETDA is proud to celebrate school and student successes,” stated Dr. Tracy Weeks, Executive Director, SETDA. “We look forward to Northfield’s participation at the Leadership Summit and to hear directly from the students how project-based, digital learning experiences have positively impacted their education.”
“We are honored to represent New Jersey in October and look forward to sharing our experience with districts across the country,” shared Glenn Robbins, Northfield Community Middle School Principal. “We created a culture and climate at NCMS that provides all students with a voice, in hopes to disrupt the traditional silos in schools. When students are provided with the opportunity to have a voice, feel respected, and work along side their teachers, it creates a learning environment unlike any other,” Robbins continued.
“Congratulations to the Northfield Community Middle School for winning the Elsie Brumback Scholarship by developing an innovative, student-centered learning environment that will help prepare students for high school, college and careers,” said New Jersey Department of Education Assistant Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer, Kimberley Harrington.
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), founded in 2001, is the national non-profit association representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA’s mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information the Student Voices, visit: http://www.setda.org/about/awards/student-voices/