HILL CENTRAL PRINCIPAL WORTHY HONORED WITH EDUCATION CHAMPIONS FELLOWSHIP

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Oct. 9, 2012
 
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HILL CENTRAL PRINCIPAL WORTHY HONORED WITH EDUCATION CHAMPIONS FELLOWSHIP BY NATIONAL NONPROFIT AMERICA ACHIEVES
 
Hill Central School Principal Glen Worthy was honored at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening for his selection as an Education Champions Fellow by national nonprofit America Achieves.
 
Worthy was among 100 principals and teachers from schools across the country who were selected as fellows and brought together to share their knowledge and ideas about how to improve education, create equity in all classrooms and help students achieve academic excellence.
 
America Achieves is a non-profit organization with several initiatives including this Fellowship Program, which is supported with lead funding by Bloomberg Philanthropies as well as funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and was launched in 2010 as part of the inaugural NBC News Education Nation Summit. 
 
As part of the America Achieves Fellowship Program, Worthy participated in the NBC News Education Nation Summit – a national conference held Sept. 23-25 in New York City – to discuss the state of education in America. There, he met and advised public officials and educational leaders on educational policy and practice including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. This Fellowship Program helps communities and states leverage policy, practice, and leadership to build high-quality educational systems.
 
“This has been a huge honor for me, but I really couldn’t have done it without the talents and hard work of my teachers at Hill Central,” Principal Worthy said. “Attending NBC’s Education Nation and meeting with Education Secretary Duncan was a real eye-opening experience for me. When you get teachers and administrators at the table talking about policies and education reform, you start to make real progress. I look forward further collaboration in the future.”
 
During the coming year, the fellows will also meet again and participate in nationally significant projects to impact students, schools, and national educational policy to help prepare each student for success in careers, college, and citizenship.
 
“Principal Worthy is an exceptional leader and a true advocate for children,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo. “For years, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of his students, making sure they have what they need to succeed in school and be on the path toward college. He truly deserves this honor and we are lucky to have Glen as a principal in New Haven.”
 
Principal Worthy was honored as the Title I Principal of the Year in 2009 and 2011. At Hill Central, he created a shared leadership structure that allowed teachers to have a voice in decision making within the building. He also created vertical teams, which resulted in teachers performing peer observations and working together to plan their professional development. Worthy is inspired by working with students and watching them grow academically and socially.
 
America Achieves Fellows were selected based on their profound impact on student achievement, the quality of their classroom and school leadership, and their commitment to learning and sharing their expertise. 
 
Applicants to Education Champions undergo a rigorous application process that includes providing data to demonstrate improvement in student achievement. The educators also participate in telephone interviews that address a candidate’s commitment to improving policy, ability to work in complex and diverse groups, and leadership. Finally, candidates submit video of their practice for review.