Facing Today Blogger's School Wins Excellence in Innovation Award!

Posted by Julia Rappaport on June 11, 2014

Congrats to Beacon Academy, an in-depth Facing History school, on its Massachusetts Nonprofit Network 2014 Excellence in Innovation Award! Beacon Academy's associate head of school, Mervan Osborn, is a regular contributor to FAcing Today as well as a 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grant winner. The grant allowed Mervan to work with his students on a year-long digital storytelling and reporting project that developed media literacy skills. You can read Mervan's blog posts here.

Beacon Academy, which serves primarily low-income 8th- and 9th-grade students from Boston and the surrounding urban areas, was one of eight organizations the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network honored with awards on June 9 at the Massachusetts State House. "This award recognizes a nonprofit organization that has made substantial progress toward key outcomes through use of new approaches or strategies," the network said.

Beacon Academy students in Washington, D.C. this year. Beacon Academy students in Washington, D.C. this year.

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network is a statewide organization dedicated to supporting the nonprofit sector through policy, awareness, and capacity building strategies. It's annual Excellence Awards recognize the essential role nonprofits play in strengthening the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and honor the work being done in the state's nonprofit sector.

Topics: Facing History and Ourselves, EdTech, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Beacon Academy, Facing Technology

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