The Be the Change for Kids 
Innovation Awards Winners

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The Be the Change for Kids 2013 Innovation Award recipients are:

School: Broadalbin-Perth Central School District
Superintendent: Stephen Tomlinson
Contact: Michele Kelley, Public Information Specialist, 518.954.2500
Project Name: 8th Grade Introduction to STEM
Project Decription: The 8th Grade STEM program at Broadalbin-Perth Middle School is a challenging and exciting full-year elective course for eighth-grade students who have earned top marks in STEM and English courses. During the course, students explore a variety of topics, including robotics, forensics, alternative energy and nanotechnology, through hands-on, project-based learning.
School East Syracuse Minoa Central School District
Superintendent: Donna DeSiato, Superintendent
Contact: Donna DeSiato, Superintendent, 315.434.3012
Project Name: East Syracuse Minoa (ESM) STEAM Team – Leading the way for STEM Education
Project Decription: East Syracuse Minoa’s STEAM Team, a trans-disciplinary design for student learning, embraces the importance of problem-solving and critical thinking skills. This innovative, flexible middle school model demonstrates the integration of 21st century skills in partnership with business and higher education, with relevant real-life application of learning. (
School: Warwick Valley Central School District
Superintendent: Raymond Bryant, Superintendent
Contact: Raymond Bryant, Superintendent, 845.987.3000
Project Name: Partners in Education (PIE)
Project Decription: Warwick’s Partners in Education (PIE) program is characterized by students, teachers and parents working cooperatively in dynamic multi-age classrooms (grades K/1, 2/3 and 4/5). PIE’s 30 years of success stems from its nontraditional—but innovative—instructional approaches, which combine cross-curricular, project-based learning; student-to-student mentoring; individualized learning and intensive parent involvement.  

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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