- Kent School District
Community Leadership Award
Two leaders in Kent School District were recognized at the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) 110 Regional Awards Ceremony in Renton at the Puget Sound Educational Service District, Ridgewood Elementary School Principal Cynthia Green and Kent Schools Foundation President Paul Bogel.
Green was recognized for her instructional leadership to improve student achievement. She leads with clarity, persistence, and passion. In her tenure as principal at Ridgewood, Green has utilized continuous quality improvement to transform how staff identify and review data. Each team within the school implements our instructional model, Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA), to prioritize instruction, create flexible groups based on data, and design targeted interventions to meet the needs of all students.
In addition to focused data cycles, Green has led her staff in embedding explicit instructional practices to ensure that each teacher is prepared to deliver rigorous instruction to each and every student. She has accelerated student performance, as reflected in recent iReady data, and stays focused on the core business of teaching and learning.
Bogel was recognized for the Kent Schools Foundation's outstanding contributions to our schools. The mission of the foundation is to engage with families, educators, businesses, and the broader community to fund innovative and supportive learning opportunities for every student in the Kent School District.
Their first auction was held this fall, and was a huge success! The inaugural fundraiser, Shine On!, raised over $63,000 gross. By January, KSF was putting 28 percent of the money raised at the auction right back into our classrooms. KSF announced their first annual Classroom Enrichment Grant cycle in January to fund projects such as art, music, STEM, reading, field trips and unique experiences that enrich student learning. Thanks to the generosity of our community, the foundation awarded 18 grants to classrooms across our district totaling over $9,000. The foundation then opened a second cycle in April and is awarding an additional $8,700 this month. Their second annual fundraiser is scheduled for October 12.