Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Hamilton School District Win Connect-ED(R) National Leadership Communication Award
Schools to Receive Award at American Association of School Administrators
(AASA) National Conference on Education
TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Miami-Dade County Public
Schools in Miami, Fla., and Hamilton School District in Sussex, Wis., have
been named co-recipients of the 2008 Connect-ED(R) Leadership through
Communication Award, which will be presented at AASA's National Conference on
Education in Tampa, Fla., on February 14, at 5 p.m.
The award, jointly sponsored by Connect-ED, a service of The NTI Group,
Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), the
National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and the American
Association of School Administrators (AASA), recognizes Dr. Rudolph F. Crew,
superintendent, and Cathleen Healy, marketing officer, of Miami-Dade County
Public Schools and Dr. Kathleen Cooke, superintendent, and Denise Dorn
Lindberg, APR, public information/volunteer programs coordinator, for Hamilton
School District for demonstrating exemplary leadership in the enhancement of
school-to-parent communication within their school systems and the communities
"This year's recipients are a wonderful example of how districts large and
small, urban and rural, excel in communication. Their strong communication
programs have changed community and staff attitudes and built support for
strong achievement initiatives," said Rich Bagin, APR, NSPRA executive
director. Miami-Dade County Public Schools serves more than 353,000 students
in 378 schools. Hamilton School District serves 4,300 students in seven
Now in its third year, the Connect-ED Leadership through Communication
Award program is open to all school districts throughout the United States. A
special recognition reception sponsored by NTI will be held in the districts'
honor on February 15, and a $5,000 contribution will be made to each
district's scholarship fund. Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Hamilton
School District leaders will also give a panel presentation on their
communication programs at the conference.
The judges for this year's program noted that the leadership team at
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is to be commended for its strategic plan,
which integrates a mass notification component into key decision-making
processes. They also commended the school system for creating a marketing team
dedicated to marketing public education as an obligation of the school
district. Hamilton School District was commended for creating genuine synergy
between the superintendent, the public relations professional and the
leadership team. Hamilton was also recognized for articulating the connection
between communication and student achievement and engaging the entire
community through innovative practices.
Thomas Motter, President, Connect-ED, noted that these leading districts
are to be commended for their excellence in communication and leadership and
making the commitment to effective communication and emergency preparedness.
"Nothing beats timely, accurate information to assist parents and their
children when it comes to academic achievement or coping with unforeseen
incidents in today's schools," Motter said.
AASA's Executive Director, Paul D. Houston, applauded the winning
districts for taking a leadership role in establishing effective communication
systems. "Communication is a critical component of leadership," said Houston.
"AASA is pleased to honor the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the
Hamilton School District for developing strategic communication programs that
benefit the entire school community."
About The NTI Group
The NTI Group, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blackboard Inc.
(Nasdaq: BBBB) that provides award winning communication systems designed
specifically for local, regional, state, and Federal government entities. The
Connect family of services enables rapid dissemination of critical information
via voice and text devices using its premier mass notification engine designed
to allow users to quickly and easily record and send time-based notifications
to thousands of people in minutes using just a telephone. NTI makes and
distributes the Connect-ED(R), Connect-CTY(R), Connect-GOV(R), and
Connect-MIL(R) systems, allowing users to target specific groups and/or
geographic regions within their database(s) and engage recipients in two-way
communication by asking them to respond to questions via their telephone
SOURCE The NTI Group, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blackboard Inc.
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