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Are You Ready for the 12th Annual HMH 180 Awards?

Author:  The Spark Staff  | 12/14/2017

For over a decade, students and educators have been acknowledged and honored by the administrators of the annual 180 Awards. With the 12th year of the award program launching in 2018 on January 4, here are some takeaways from previous winners, preliminary contest information for next year’s nominations, and a preview of the prizes that will be awarded.

Why participate?

Being part of a national movement that recognizes students for academic achievement in math and reading—as well as honoring teachers for professional excellence—can be rewarding in so many ways. First, nominating students is a great way to celebrate their progress and encourage them to pursue future educational and personal advancement. Second, when you distinguish fellow teachers with a nomination, they will become even more invested in their role as educators and feel valued in the work they are doing. Finally, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that because of you, striving young scholars and dedicated educators will be able to contend for amazing prizes and be celebrated by their peers, friends, and families!

As a teacher, there is no greater reward than to see your students succeed, but for a national spotlight to be on them is the biggest ‘light bulb’ of them all.
Mrs. Amy Carter – READ 180 7th & 8th Grades Special Education Department Chair, William Davies Middle School, Mays Landing, NJ

Previous Winners Roundup

Earlier this year, five educators and 15 students were honored in the annual HMH 180 Awards. Among them were teachers in school districts from Georgia to California and students who exhibited amazing potential and promise. Throughout the selection and award process, we were able to meet them, learn more about their successes and challenges, and share their stories with the educational community.

Meet some of the honorees below:

Lance Sigmon

School: Clover Middle School, Clover, SC

Nominator: Pauline Childs

Grade: 7

Nominated for: System 44

Lexile® Growth: 136%

Described as a bright and curious student by his System 44® teacher, Ms. Pauline Childs, Lance has worked hard to change his mindset and approach to reading. Prior to System 44, Lance did not enjoy reading because he struggled with learning his phonetic sounds and read significantly below grade level. Now, he enjoys reading books about things he finds interesting like hunting, fishing, animals and the outdoors. Lance regained a belief in hard work and has significantly increased his Lexile score.

“Being able to read has helped me feel better about my future. I know now [that] I can do anything I want to do even if it’s hard.”

Brooklyn Ramirez

School: Buchanan Elementary School, Murrieta, CA

Nominator: Tonja Lyda

Grade: 5

Nominated for: MATH 180

Lexile Growth: 92%

Brooklyn experienced serious health conditions that resulted in her missing the first half of fourth grade. Upon her return to school, she used these significant challenges to prove to others how strong she can be. MATH 180®, along with the support of her teacher Ms. Tonja Lyda, has helped Brooklyn build her math skills and overall confidence. She now takes the initiative to regularly participate in MATH 180 software at school and at home. Brooklyn’s dedication to succeed has allowed her to increase her Quantile® score by 48 percent in less than seven months.

“Doing MATH 180 helps me to succeed by teaching me not to give up. If I keep on trying, I know I will succeed.”

Adama Bah

School: Hyde Leadership Charter School, New York, NY

Nominator: Ada Garcia

Grade: 7

Nominated for: READ 180

Lexile Growth: 33%

Prior to joining the READ 180® program, Adama lacked confidence in her reading and writing skills and was uncomfortable reading aloud. After two years with READ 180, Adama’s average reading Lexile increased by 264 points. She is now on the honor roll and is determined to help other struggling readers succeed. Because of her growth and grades, she is now a NYC Junior Ambassador, the Vice President of Hyde Leadership’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society and a member of her school’s student council.

“Because of my growth and my grades, I’m the Vice President of the National Junior Honor Society, and part of the middle school’s student council. I love reading and helping others understand that they can be successful too.”

Andrew Locke

Floyd Light Middle School, Portland, OR

As a teacher in the David Douglas School District, one of the most diverse districts in the state of Oregon, Mr. Locke works hard to create a sense of community in his System 44 classroom, developing meaningful relationships with every student and inspiring them to grow both personally and academically. His efforts have resulted in an average classroom Lexile growth of 210 points.

“As I continue to learn new ways to engage students in the learning process, I have more in my bag of tricks to use with them. The resources available through the System 44 program make it much easier to use different approaches until we figure out what “clicks” for each student.”

Prizes and Prestige

In addition to cash prizes for the student winners, this year’s prizes for educators include an all-expense paid trip to the HMH National Summer Institute (for READ 180 and System 44 winners) or NCTM (for MATH 180 winners), valued at over $1,500, plus $1,000 in educational supplies for the nominators of the winners.*

Prepare to Nominate and Celebrate!

You don’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity to honor a student or a fellow educator with a nomination for a 180 Award! Learn more here: http://educatorcommunity.hmhco.com/article/honors-awards


Start gathering your nomination materials for our January 4, 2018 launch date. Nominations will be accepted through March 7, 2018. Good luck!

* This invitation is for a gift to your school district. By accepting this invitation, you confirm that you have obtained any approval required by your school district. Acceptance of this invitation does not obligate the attendee or the attendee’s district to purchase HMH materials and/or services. Estimated values of each prize are $1500.00 and $1,000.00 per person/organization.

Lexile® and Quantile® are trademarks of MetaMetrics, Inc., and is registered in the United States and abroad. MATH 180®, READ 180®, and System 44® are registered trademarks of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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