RU Educator Named 2017 VT State Champion for Education Leadership

Randolph Union High School’s Director of Career and Workforce Pathways, Ken Cadow, has been recognized by the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC) and the Vermont Agency of Education as the 2017 State Champion for Vermont in the areas of workforce development, personalization, and proficiency/standards-based graduation.

The NESSC is a New England - wide organization supporting State Departments of Education in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, and the award is given each year to one education leader in each state. This year marks the first time the award has been given to a teacher or school-level individual.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment,” said Supt. Brent Kay, “and it recognizes the tireless work Ken has done with regional economic councils, career and technical education centers, colleges and universities, local entrepreneurs, and business leaders to create meaningful work-based learning and exposure for our students. Our job is to prepare students for the next stages of their lives, whether that’s higher education or joining the workforce. The work Ken is doing is inspiring students to think about, and reach, their potential.”

According to RUHS Co-principal Elijah Hawkes, Cadow’s innovative ‘deployed classroom’ model has now had several years of success in partnership with GW Plastics in Bethel, with students learning “on the floor and in the conference room of this important high tech manufacturing company.” 

“Building on this success,” Hawkes said, “RU is offering a second deployed classroom this semester called ‘Water Management,’ which includes field work with experts in civil engineering, waste treatment, transportation, forestry and farming. The idea is to align learning in the field with learning in the classroom, embracing various topics and concepts in math, science and social studies. It’s also aligned to building habits of a strong work ethic.”

In announcing the award, Mark Kostin, Associate Director of the Great Schools Partnership and a Co-Coordinator at NESSC, said: “Every year we recognize the efforts of educators, opinion leaders, and policy-makers in each state and we are privileged to recognize the inspiring and tireless work you are doing on behalf of all learners in Vermont.”  The goal of NESSC is to ensure that every public high school student receives an education that prepares them for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of the 21st century.

The award will be presented to Cadow, and the four leaders from the other New England states, this March at the NESSC School Redesign Conference in Hartford, Connecticut.  Last year this influential conference attracted more than 900 educators, students, policy makers, and business leaders from 17 states across the US.


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