New Haven Academy Nominated to Receive Nellie Mae Ed. Foundation $100,000 Grant, Public Encouraged to Vote

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Lawrence W. O’Toole Award Nominees

New Haven Academy Nominated to Receive Nellie Mae Education Foundation $100,000 Grant, Public Encouraged to Vote

Lawrence W. O’Toole Award Recognizes Innovative Education Practices in New England

Beginning Monday, May 23, the public will have a chance to vote for New Haven Academy to receive the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award worth $100,000 in recognition of their innovative education practices in New England. The award is named in honor of The Nellie Mae Education Foundation‘s founding president and CEO, Nellie Mae to honor an individual who has demonstrated great leadership in advancing student-centered learning throughout New England.

Nellie Mae is the largest philanthropic organization in New England focused exclusively on education and has supported New Haven Public Schools over the last five years. “This year’s O’Toole award nominees are carrying out extraordinary work to ensure today’s learners are prepared for life after high school, and ready to contribute to their communities as informed citizens,” said Nick Donohue, President & CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. “Too many of our high school graduates today are entering college unprepared for the rigors of their coursework. These nominees exemplify what it means to put students at the center of their learning experience, providing them with a strong foundation and pathway toward successful futures. I am delighted to extend my utmost congratulations to this deserving group, and look forward to seeing who emerges as 2016’s winner.”

The award nominee with the most votes will receive a $100,000 grant for their respective school, non-profit or district to continue the advancement of student-centered approaches to learning for all students.

“I am convinced that New Haven Academy is one of the most exciting places to learn in the city. With social action projects and all kinds of deep learning, Principal Baldwin and his team are pointing the way for the City and educators everywhere,” said Superintendent Garth Harries.

Principal Greg Baldwin explains, “Our staff works every day to make learning meaningful and authentic, to prepare students not only for the rigors of college, but to be ready to collaborate, innovate, and participate at work and in their communities.”

The public has the chance to vote for a winner from Monday, May 23rd at 12:00 p.m. EST until Friday, June 3, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Voters can cast their ballots online or via text. Voting information is available to the Students at the Center Hub ( Brief video profiles for each nominee can also be found at the voting website.