School wins national award 

Douglas Taylor middle school receives $5,000 from the MetLife Foundation.

March 03, 2009

Douglas Taylor Elementary School, 9912 South Avenue H, has been selected as one of 10 MetLife-NASSP Breakthrough Schools.


The national award, given by the MetLife Foundation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, honors high-achieving middle level and high schools across the country that are dramatically improving student achievement while serving large numbers of students living in poverty.


The criteria for the award include collaborative leadership, personalization, and curriculum, instruction and assessment. Dr. William Truesdale, principal of Taylor, said it was the hard work and dedication of the Taylor staff that made this award possible. Area Instruction Officer Thomas Avery, and his Area 18 team and principals, were instrumental and supportive in helping Taylor School receive this award.


Ten schools across the country have received the honor, including another Chicago-area school, Daniel Webster Middle School in Waukegan.


As an award recipient, Taylor will be awarded a $5,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation and will be featured in NASSP’s magazine, “Principal Leadership.” Additionally, Principal Truesdale will attend the 2009 NASSP Convention, from Feb. 27 to March 1, in San Diego, Calif.


Learn more about the award and convention.