P21 Announces Saint Ambrose Catholic School as a 21st Century Learning Exemplar for 2019!
Saint Ambrose School continues to lead in 21st Century Learning and education. On February 13th, Saint Ambrose School was highlighted as one of 18 schools across the U.S. and the only elementary school in Ohio for their outstanding practices in education as 21st Century Learning Exemplars!
BRUNSWICK, OH, February 15, 2019– The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) has highlighted 18 early learning centers, K–12 schools, districts and beyond school programs in the U.S. as 21st Century Learning Exemplars for 2019. Saint Ambrose Catholic School earned this award for outstanding practices in equipping learners with the necessary skills and knowledge for success in high school, college, career and life.
Saint Ambrose Catholic School, one of the 18 named 21st Century Learning Exemplars, has demonstrated an exceptional implementation of the Framework for 21st Century Learning or the Early Learning Framework.
Saint Ambrose Administration, Faculty and staff were excited by this announcement and affirmation of all of the exciting things and hard work happening at Saint Ambrose School.
“The ability to collaborate with other 21stCentury Learning Exemplar Schools will continue to make Saint Ambrose School a beacon for student learning but also a place where teachers can learn and develop from the some of the best schools in the country” emphasized Mr. Chris Dziedzicki, Assistant Principal.
“The P21 designation is a strong affirmation of the vision of our school, the dedication of our faculty and staff and School Advisory Board. It also is one more expression of our desire to be Everything for every student, every day at Saint Ambrose School and Littlest Angels Preschool. God bless our administration, faculty and staff. This is a great moment to celebrate your vision and great work for our students.” Father Bob Stec reflected thoughtfully.
Saint Ambrose educators also responded to the great news. “P21, to me, validates good teaching which uses best practice and forward thinking!” Chris Mullen, Director of High School Prep and Math Chair shared. “Working at a P21 school is an invigorating experience to know we as educators are able to provide a one of a kind education to our students and one that will carry them through to the next level”, provided Technology Director, Mrs. Amy Morgan, who just returned from speaking to educators at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus.
“Since 2015, STEM Accelerated Coding has worked with Saint Ambrose School to provide computer science, GIS, and makerspace solutions that help solve real world problems within the community. As a partner in education, it has been a rewarding experience offering internships, College Credit Plus computer science courses, adverse childhood experiences/social-emotional innovative solutions [The Angel Project], and collaborative work with grants through NASA and NOAA. I am grateful to work with a futuristic entity that welcomes innovation and promotes success in college, career, and life. I am also honored to be part of an organization that is being nationally recognized as a P21 Exemplar School”, Mrs. Beth Szijarto, CEO of STEM Accelerated Coding.
“We are so honored and proud to be designated as a P21 Exemplar! This is an affirmation of the innovative work being accomplished by our Preschool-Grade 8 faculty and compels us to do even more for our students. Our use of researched best practices provides rigor and challenge in our faith-filled environment and truly supports the mission and vision of providing everything for every child every day. We teach the whole child in 21st Century ways so he and she receive the knowledge and skills needed for their success in work and life!”- Exclaimed Principal Lisa Cinadr.
The President and CEO of Battelle for Kids also released the following statement regarding this year’s top awardees and their rigorous selection process.
“Since 2013, P21’s 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program has been identifying and elevating examples of quality 21st century learning. Each year innovative education models are showcased to help other educators do better for every student,” said Karen Garza, President and CEO of Battelle for Kids.
As part of celebrating the best practices from these awardees, Battelle for Kids will develop a case study brief for each exemplar site and release it to the public for free download. There will be a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., in April 2019. The 21st Century Learning Exemplars, P21, and Battelle for Kids will also share insights and updates via this Twitter hashtag: #P21Exemplar
The following organizations are among a select few across the United States that received the recognition this year (2019):
Goddard School Broadview Heights (Broadview, OH)
Goddard School Simpsonville (Simpsonville, SC)
Canyon Crest Elementary (Fontana, CA)
Elon Elementary School (Elon, NC)
EVSC New Tech Institute (Evansville, IN)
Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design (San Antonio, TX)
Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy (Vacaville, CA)
Kensington Elementary School (Waxhaw, NC)
Moreno Valley High School (Moreno Valley, CA)
Saint Ambrose School (Brunswick, OH)
Santiago Charter Middle School (Orange, CA)
Valley View High School (Moreno Valley, CA)
Vineyard STEM Magnet (Ontario, CA)
Vista Heights Middle School (Moreno Valley, CA)
Wolf Springs Elementary School (Overland Park, KS)
Lennox School District (Lennox, CA)
Vicksburg Warren School District (Vicksburg, MS)
Beyond School Programs
Camp Champions (Magnolia, TX)
About Battelle for Kids
Battelle for Kids is a national not-for-profit organization committed to collaborating with school systems and communities to realize the power and promise of 21st century learning for every student, without exception. Formed in 2001, the organization’s leadership in 21st century education now encompasses early learning, during school (K–12), and beyond school experiences. The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) joined Battelle for Kids in 2018. P21’s members and partners have been pioneers of 21st century learning since 2002. EdLeader21, also a network of Battelle for Kids as of 2017, started its industry-leading network in 2010 and now has more than 220 member districts and schools across 45 states. As the premier leader in 21st century education, Battelle for Kids innovates and partners with its networks, association and business partners, and school system leaders to design and implement educational experiences that prepare all students to become lifelong learners and contributors in an ever-changing world. The organization’s approach involves the entire school community—educators in partnership with students, families, businesses, community, and others—to create enduring impact for every child.