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Intel’s Schools of Distinction: Learning from the Star Innovators

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Intel’s Schools of Distinction: Learning from the Star Innovators

Since 2004, Intel has been honoring exemplary math and science programs through its annual Schools of Distinction award – and selecting one outstanding school each year to receive top recognition as a Star Innovator. Winners receive cash grants as well as prizes and services from the companies that co-sponsor the award program.

In the pages that follow you will read about the Star Innovators from 2007-2010, complete with STEM program descriptions, post-award updates, and tips for success. Whether you’re looking for ideas and validation for your own school programs or applying to be a future School of Distinction, we hope you will find these profiles helpful and thought-provoking.

With the recent Nation’s Report Card indicating that fewer than one third of U.S. students are proficient in science and math, and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) showing our students lagging behind numerous other countries in those same two, vital subject areas, we have reached what President Obama has called “a Sputnik moment.”

And yet, as can be seen from the Star Innovators featured in this eBook and the other winners of the Intel Schools of Distinction program, there are schools throughout this country that have already taken the lead when it comes to improving math and science instruction for their students.

Read the full Star Innovators Paper.