“Laura Miguez Howarth, principal of KIPP Academy Nashville since 2011, today was named a recipient of the Ryan Award for exceptional leadership in closing the achievement gap in urban K-12 schools. The prestigious award includes a $25,000 honorarium and the opportunity to teach her successful methodologies at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Pat Ryan, Jr., founder of the Accelerate Institute which sponsors the award, presented Howarth with a $25,000 check in a surprise school assembly. “We created the Ryan Awards four years ago to recognize the leaders of the most successful transformational schools in the country,” Ryan said. “We want to not only honor these individuals, but enlist them as role models to help current and future principals learn from their successes. Laura Miguez Howarth is the embodiment of excellent school leadership.”
The Ryan Awards are distributed through the Chicago-based Accelerate Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of high-impact urban school leaders who accelerate student achievement.
Miguez Howarth was called to an assembly of the KIPP Academy student body that was actually a ruse to surprise her with the announcement.”
Miguez Howarth said she was honored with the award, but acknowledged that “it’s strong relationships between parents, kids and teachers that lead to fundamentally transformed outcomes. At KIPP, our student families are deeply engaged from the very beginning of our kids’ work.”
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