UNI's Price Lab School named one of five new 'First Amendment Schools' in United States

May 18, 2005
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Jeffrey Cornett, dean, UNI College of Education, (319) 273-2717
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School is one of five schools selected from a national pool of candidates to become a First Amendment Project School. It will receive a $10,000 stipend from the First Amendment Schools initiative, a multiyear reform effort of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the First Amendment Center designed to transform how all schools practice and teach the rights and responsibilities of the First Amendment.































Price Lab School will join the project's national network of nearly 90 project and affiliate schools















--a diverse group of elementary, middle, and high schools serving urban, suburban, and rural communities -- that are working to integrate First Amendment rights and civic responsibilities into the daily lives of their schools.































'We see Price Lab School as a crucial anchor for this work nationally, both because of its ability to reach hundreds of future teachers as a lab school, and because of its outstanding history as a model school in the region. We believe Price Lab will become a true laboratory of democratic freedom, and a place where people from around the country can see first-hand what's possible when a school commits to educate all members of its community about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy,' said Sam Chaltain, coordinator of the First Amendment Schools project.































'All of the First Amendment schools are committed to upholding the democratic and public mission of schooling in America, to providing their students with an apprenticeship in freedom and responsibility,' said Gene Carter, ASCD executive director.































Other schools joining the program are Bronx Preparatory School, Bronx, N.Y.; Red Mesa High School, Teec Nos Pos, Ariz.; Goodyear Middle School, Akron, Ohio; and Northport Pathway, Northport, N.Y.































'Malcolm Price Laboratory School provides care and excellence through comprehensive early childhood through post-secondary educational programs advancing learning, scholarship, partnerships and innovation,' said Jeffrey Cornett, dean of the UNI College of Education. 'The school serves as an integral component of the University of Northern Iowa's teacher education program. It's faculty and staff engage in scholarly work and service to advance teaching practices and provide resources for teachers in Iowa and beyond.'















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Alexandria, VA (05/19/05)ï¾—Five school communities have been selected from a national pool of candidates to become First Amendment Project Schools and receive a $10,000 stipend from the First Amendment Schools initiative, a multiyear reform effort designed to transform how all schools practice and teach the rights and responsibilities of the First Amendment.















The new project schools will join the project's national network of nearly 90 project and affiliate schoolsï¾—a diverse group of elementary, middle, and high schools serving urban, suburban, and rural communitiesï¾—that are working to integrate First Amendment rights and civic responsibilities into the daily lives of their schools.















'All of the First Amendment schools are committed to upholding the democratic and public mission of schooling in America, to providing their students with an apprenticeship in freedom and responsibility,' said Gene Carter, executive director of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).















The new First Amendment Project Schools are















ユ Bronx Preparatory School, Bronx, N.Y. A small public charter school for grades 5ヨ10, Bronx Preparatory School's mission is to 'prepare underserved middle and high school students for higher education, civic involvement, and lifelong success through a structured, caring environment of high academic standards.'















ユ Red Mesa High School, Teec Nos Pos, Ariz. A small public school for grades 9ヨ12 in rural Arizona, Red Mesa High School serves students from the Navajo Nation, where many of the students are bilingual, and operates a student-run radio station that broadcasts to the entire community within a 90-mile radius.















ユ Goodyear Middle School, Akron, Ohio. A large public middle school serving racially diverse students in grades 6ヨ8 in urban Akron, Ohio, Goodyear Middle School uses the Making Middle Grades Work school reform model to focus on a rigorous and challenging academic core curriculum for all students and on the teaching and learning conditions that support continuous improvement in student achievement.















ユ Price Laboratory School, Cedar Falls, Iowa. A small, public laboratory school at the University of Northern Iowa, Price Laboratory School serves preKヨ12 students and is committed both to engaging in scholarly work and service to advance teaching practices and provide resources for teachers and to providing an excellent, innovative education for early childhood through grade 12 students.















ユ Northport Pathway, Northport, N.Y. Located in a large public suburban pathway that includes Pulaski Road Elementary School, East Northport Middle School, and Northport High School, the schools of the Northport Pathway share a common vision as laboratories of democratic freedom where students learn and grow as members of a vibrant community of active citizens empowered to make a difference.















'Schools must not only teach the First Amendment; they must also find ways to model and apply the democratic first principles that they are charged with teaching,' said Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center















The First Amendment Schools project is cosponsored by ASCD and the First Amendment Center. It serves as a national resource for all schools interested in affirming First Amendment principles and putting them into action in their school communities.















For further information about the First Amendment Schools project, contact Molly McCloskey at ASCD (1-703-575-5475; mmccloskey@ascd.org) or Sam Chaltain at the First Amendment Center (1-703-284-2808; schaltain@freedomforum.org).















The First Amendment Center works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press, and of religion, and the right to assemble and to petition the government. The center, with offices at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and in New York City and Arlington, Va., is an independent affiliate of The Freedom Forum and the Newseum, The Freedom Forum's interactive museum of news. The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech, and free spirit for all people.















Founded in 1943, ASCD, a nonprofit association, is one of the largest professional development organizations for educator leaders. It provides education information services, offers cutting-edge professional development for effective teaching and learning, and supports activities to provide educational equity for all students. ASCD's 170,000 members reside in 135 countries and include principals, teachers, superintendents, professors of education, and other educators.















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