The Be the Change for Kids 
Innovation Awards Winners

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The Be the Change for Kids 2015 Innovation Award recipients are:

School: Coxsackie-Athens Central School DistrictCoxsackie-Athens Central School District
Superintendent: Randall Squier
Contact: Kelly Houlihan, Assistant Superintendent, 518-731-1712
Project Name: Coxsackie Aqua Lab
Project Decription: The Coxsackie Aqua Lab classroom aquarium laboratories are set up and maintained by K-12 students. These labs produce some of the corals and captive bred fish. Through this process, students engage in science, technology, engineering and math, all in the name of environmental conservation.
School Queensbury Union Free School District
Superintendent: Douglas Huntley
Contact: Theresa Middleton, Deputy Superintendent, 518-824-4600
Project Name: The Innovation Lab at Queensbury High School
Project Decription: Queensbury High School’s Innovation Lab is a technological refuge where students can spend study halls and free periods pursing STEM solutions to real-life problems, unconstrained by the boundaries of a traditional course. Students have access to an array of 21st century tools to aid them in developing their projects.
School: Spencerport Central School District
Superintendent: Mike Crumb
Contact: Elissa Kingsbury, K-5 Instructional Specialist, 585-349-5130
Project Name: The 21st Century Technology Team
Project Decription: The 21st Century Technology Team provides staff development for teachers, as well as direct instruction to students utilizing a blended learning model. Reaching all students in grades K-5, this collaborative effort provides consistent and equitable experiences utilizing 21st Century technology in all elementary classrooms within the school district.

We were so impressed by the many entries by our New York public schools who created such innovative educational programs that we are including a listing of all the nominations. We encourage you to review these nominations.  Your own school district may identify one, or more as sharing the same challenges.

Click here for a full listing of all the Be the Change for Kids Innovation Awards nominations.


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