Who: Houston Independent School District Staff
What: The winner of the inaugural Broad Prize in 2002, HISD is again in the running for the nation’s top education prize. The district is one of four urban school districts in America competing for the 2012 Broad Prize, with $550,000 in college scholarships for high school seniors in the winning district. School officials will host a “watch party” to view a live webcast of the announcement event from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Philanthropist Eli Broad will announce this year’s winner. They will be joined by Admiral Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who will deliver the keynote address. HISD Superintendent Terry Greir will represent the district in New York.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012
10 to 11 a.m. CT: announcement event
7:30 a.m. CT to 9:30 a.m. CT: panel discussion featuring HISD superintendent, principal and
Where: Houston Independent School District
Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center
4400 W. 18th Street
To view the webcast from another location, please access it through www.broadprize.org.
Note: The following opportunities to cover the announcement remotely will also be available on Oct. 23:
The $1 million Broad (rhymes with “road”) Prize is the largest education award in the country that recognizes the urban school districts that demonstrate the strongest student achievement and improvement while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students. The 75 largest urban school districts in America are automatically eligible for the award each year. The winning district will receive $550,000 in college scholarships for high school seniors who will graduate in 2013. The three remaining finalist districts will each receive $150,000 in college scholarships. The other 2012 finalist districts include: Corona-Norco Unified School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and The School District of Palm Beach County.
The Broad Prize is awarded by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Founded by self-made entrepreneur Eli Broad and his wife Edythe, both graduates of Detroit Public Schools, The Broad Foundation is a philanthropy that seeks to ensure that every student in an urban public school has the opportunity to succeed. Bringing together top education experts and practitioners, the foundation funds system-wide programs and policies that strengthen public schools by creating environments that allow good teachers to do great work and enable students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive. For more information, please visit www.broadeducation.org.