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Seattle’s Madison Middle School Wins National Award
The middle school’s guidance efforts earned top recognition from the National Consortium for State Guidance Leadership

OLYMPIA —November 3, 2011 – Madison Middle School in Seattle has been selected by the National Consortium for State Guidance Leadership (NCSGL) for the 2011 Career Awareness and Exploration Award.

According the NCSGL, Madison Middle School was selected based on their delivery of guidance skills and experiences through the Navigation 101 curriculum, career role models and a speaker’s bureau. Madison was also singled out for their strong family, teacher and community partnerships, and their exceptional use of data.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn said a strong guidance department can be the backbone of a school’s success. He credited department head Lauren Divina and the Madison Middle School staff for their efforts.

“The work the staff at Madison has done to get kids excited about their futures is extremely important,” Dorn said. “I know the extra efforts that the staff has made will pay off as students and their families will feel more supported and have better information to make key academic decisions. I applaud Madison for its leadership in this area.”

The National Guidance Consortium has been honoring elementary and middle schools with Career Awareness and Exploration Award for 15 years for their comprehensive and effective guidance and counseling programs. The competitive program accepts nominations from state education agencies and school districts. The national winner is selected by a committee of state guidance officers from across the country.


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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