Kennedy High School has been chosen as the first high school in the U.S. to receive the Golden Psi Award from the American Psychological Association (APA). This annual award showcases schools that apply psychological science to promote student academic and social-emotional growth and success.
Specifically, the Golden Psi Award recognizes one elementary, middle, or high school in the country that uses evidence-based practices to affect both student academic engagement and development, as well as student social-emotional engagement and development. To be chosen, schools must demonstrate a commitment to evaluating the impact of their efforts promoting student outcomes.
“We provided data to the APA on location, demographics, size, opportunities available to students, special services, discipline referrals and suspensions, attendance, and state testing scores,” explained teacher Dana Melone who prepared and submitted the application. “We were also able to utilize Professional Learning Community data from various groups and phenomenal examples of teachers giving formative assessment and using that data to drive instruction. Additionally, we highlighted the effectiveness of SMART Lunch in helping to retain students in AP, provide opportunity for all students regardless of after school commitments to get help from their teachers and be involved in our community.”
“This award is another indicator of the quality of work our teachers and students do every day at Kennedy,” added Principal Jason Kline. “The use of data to make better decisions in the classroom is the key criteria of this honor. Our teachers and staff make every student a priority and I am grateful for their dedication to excellence. It is truly an honor to be the national recipient of the Golden Psi and to be the first high school ever to receive it.”
As the winning school, Kennedy will receive $1,000, a plaque, and recognition by the APA at an upcoming convention.