Reston, Va.–The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the MetLife Foundation are issuing a call for entries in the search for the nation´s top "Breakthrough Schools". Applicants should be high achieving middle level and high schools, or schools that are making dramatic improvements in student achievement, whose best practices and outstanding results can inform other schools as they further their own improvement efforts. Selected schools must have 40 percent or more students eligible for Free and Reduced Priced Meals.

Honorees will be chosen based upon documented success in implementing strategies aligned with the three core areas of NASSP´s Breaking Ranks II publication. Those three areas are:

? Collaborative leadership: Professional learning communities, shared leadership and student and staff leadership development.
? Personalization: Attention to all students, mentoring and school/community connections.
? Curriculum, instruction and assessment: Access to rigorous coursework for all students, differentiated instruction with multiple assessments, data-based decision making and opportunities for career development.

Nominees must demonstrate:

? Continual growth on state assessments over time
? Specific efforts toward reducing the achievement gap
? Equity of student participation in challenging courses
? Academic and career focused personal learning plans for all students.

Ten Breakthrough Schools from the pool of applicants will be chosen as honorees and awarded $5,000 in the form of a grant. They will also be featured in NASSP´s monthly magazine, Principal Leadership. Principals of Breakthrough Schools will participate in dissemination efforts at the NASSP Annual Convention and other venues.

Interested schools should visit NASSP´s web site at www.principals.org/breakthrough for more information and to download a nomination form or contact Josephine Franklin at franklinj@principals.org. The deadline for submitting materials for consideration is September 28, 2007.

NASSP is the preeminent organization and the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. NASSP provides its members with the professional resources to serve as visionary leaders. NASSP promotes the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character development, leadership development, and physical well being of youth through its programs and student leadership services. NASSP administers the National Honor Society?, National Junior Honor Society?, and National Association of Student Councils?. For more information, visit, www.principals.org.

MetLife Foundation supports programs that increase opportunities for young people to succeed, give students and teachers a voice in improving education, create connections between schools and communities and develop leadership. The Foundation works with national nonprofit organizations to develop a variety of programs, many of which address issues raised each year in The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. For more information about MetLife Foundation, please visit www.metlife.org.

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