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X-Factor Student Achievement Awards 2007: a 300-word entry brings $30,000 to a K12 school district.

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION LAUNCHED THE FIRST-EVER X-FACTOR Student Achievement Awards last spring, with the exclusive sponsorship of AutoSkill International Inc., a company that creates intervention software solutions to help close the proficiency pro·fi·cien·cy  
n. pl. pro·fi·cien·cies
The state or quality of being proficient; competence.

Noun 1. proficiency - the quality of having great facility and competence
 gap in K12 schools.

The program challenged public school educators to submit one or more 300-word descriptions of a creative "X-factor" idea that would raise student achievement in their districts.

Proposals could be targeted to student groups, classes or schools, as long as each was practical, did not take long to implement, was transferable to any size district and had measurable results. The grand-prize winner would receive $30,000 seed money to jump-start the initiative, and as Susan Koch, vice president of marketing at AutoSkill International put it, the program provided "a forum to share new ideas "New Ideas" is the debut single by Scottish New Wave/Indie Rock act The Dykeenies. It was first released as a Double A-side with "Will It Happen Tonight?" on July 17, 2006. The band also recorded a video for the track.  and the financial means to test the winning concept in a real-world classroom

Entries were submitted online with a deadline of June 30, 2007, and we were gratified grat·i·fy  
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.

 by the number, quality and variety of proposals received from school districts throughout the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . The many ideas included purchasing interactive whiteboards An interactive whiteboard is a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector. A projector projects the computer’s desktop onto the board’s surface, where users control the computer using a pen, finger or other device.  and portable readers, equipping e·quip  
tr.v. e·quipped, e·quip·ping, e·quips
a. To supply with necessities such as tools or provisions.

 mobile learning labs, hiring mentors and tutors, initiating classroom videoconferences, organizing field trips, providing career training, and implementing curriculum programs in almost every content area.

The proposals were judged by the entire editorial staff of DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION over a period of several weeks, and each idea was reviewed and discussed multiple times to narrow the field. In addition to editorial and educational experience, our seven editors also brought unique perspectives to the table, including Judy Hartnett's thoughts as a parent of a middle school daughter, Angela Pascopella's concern for disadvantaged students and "green environment" proposals, Zach Miners Zachary Charles Miner (born March 12, 1982, in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American League pitcher in Major League Baseball who currently plays with the Detroit Tigers. He bats and throws right-handed. " interest in electronic media, and Ken Royal's admiration for a teacher whose love of books changed his life forever. But tough decisions had to be made, and after extensive negotiations, we unanimously chose the grand-prize winner, one runner-up, four finalists and 20 school entries for honorable mention.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the $30,000 award for the 2007 X-Factor Student Achievement Awards is Lou Ann Miller Ann Miller (April 12, 1923[1] – January 22, 2004) was an American dancer, singer and actress. Biography
Early life
Miller was born Johnnie Lucille Ann Collier
, physical education teacher in the Mohawk School District in Pennsylvania, for "Fitness Buddies." Proposed in collaboration with reading/language arts and wellness teachers, the project explores the link between physical activity and academic achievement. In a new fitness center, students will use technologies such as Sportwall International and Dance Dance Revolution Dance Dance Revolution, a.k.a. DDR and Dancing Stage in Europe, is a music video game series produced by Konami. It was first introduced to Japanese video arcades in 1998, after being shown at the Tokyo Game Show earlier that year.  to deliver cardiovascular workouts in a game format. Participants will have fitness buddies from the high school wellness program to record data and keep individuals motivated, and fitness and academic achievement will be evaluated throughout the year.

Congratulations to Lou Ann Miller, the finalists and every participant in the X-Factor Student Achievement Awards. Creativity is alive and well in American schools!

--Odvard Egil Dyrli, Editor-in-Chief
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Title Annotation:District Administration X factor ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Author:Dyrli, Odvard Egil
Publication:District Administration
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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