Shelby County Schools

Delano Elementary a National Schools of Distinction Award Finalist;
Vying for “Best of the Best” Honors

Memphis, Tenn. – Delano Elementary School is one of 48 schools nationwide selected as a finalist for the Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards and one of only two chosen from the state of Tennessee vying for the honor. The Schools of Distinction Awards recognize schools for implementing innovative programs that support positive educational outcomes.

Sixteen winners will be selected as Schools of Distinction in eight different achievement categories: Academic, Literary, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Leadership, Professional Development and Collaboration & Teamwork. One elementary and one secondary school will be chosen from each category during an awards ceremony on October 5 in Washington, DC.

Intel and the Scholastic Corporation named Delano Elementary as a finalist in the “Literary Achievement” category for implementing a language arts curriculum that “is designed to ensure high levels of achievement for all students and is consistently implemented, regularly evaluated and modified for effective instruction.”

Ms. Patrice Shipp, principal of Delano Elementary School, said her staff is committed to employing a balanced literacy program at every grade level, which includes daily self-directed reading designed to help the students formulate inquiries about what they’re reading and numerous opportunities to hear adults from outside the school read and share their thoughts about the importance of literacy.

“Probably the most important strategy that Delano employs is the extension of learning beyond the classroom,” Shipp said. “Our teachers constantly encourage students to participate in a variety of activities that allow them the opportunity to actively apply the skills and concepts acquired in their classrooms.”

All of the finalists will be honored during the awards ceremony in October, and each will receive a $10,000 grant. They’ll also have the opportunity to compete for $190,000 in various grants from the Intel Foundation, as well as other prizes from sponsoring companies. One elementary school and one secondary school from the group will be named “Best of the Best.” These schools will receive an additional $15,000 award.

The 48 finalists were chosen from a list of public and private schools from across the country that participated in the application and judging process, which was overseen by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory Center for Classroom Teaching and Learning.

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