Scranton Public School receives 2019 Values Driven Award of Excellence

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Superintendent John Pretzer and Principal Kelly Pierce accept the 2019 Values Driven Award of Excellence award at the Cognia Connect Conference in Chicago. (Courtesy of Scranton Public Schools)

(Chicago, IL) – Scranton Public School was awarded the 2019 Values Driven Award of Excellence at the 2019 Cognia Midwest Region Conferences in Chicago on Oct. 30.

“This school community should be commended for their commitment and dedication to achieve the next level of excellence on behalf of the learners they serve, and it is our privilege and honor to join them on their journey to do so,” said Betsy Deal, Cognia Regional Director.

Cognia is a non-profit, continuous improvement organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and provides resources, tools and support to education leaders across the globe to ensure all learners realize their full potential.

A Cognia visitation team (then called Advanced Ed) went to Scranton last spring as part of a five-year school improvement process in which all North Dakota schools participate. The visitation team examined the school's vision, mission, educational goals, climate and relationships between school, staff, parents and community.

The team scored each criteria with a rubric that attaches point values. Scranton received a high score.


According to the school's newsletter, "The average point range for schools in North Dakota over the past five years is 278.34-283.33. Scranton School scored a 329.50 which is one of the highest scores ever recorded by a school!"

Nominations for this award were received from a variety of sources including volunteers, Engagement Review team members, Lead Evaluators, Field Consultants, Cognia Advisory Committee members, and staff.

Becky Densmore, Cognia’s Vice President Midwest stated, “Cognia is a mission driven organization supported by our core values. The Values Driven Award of Excellence recognizes institutions in the Midwest who systematically and systemically model these values through their day-to-day efforts to improve outcomes for their students.”

These values include:

  • Dream Big. We are not constrained by the current environment or framework even as we work within existing systems.

  • Stand for the Learner. We represent the interests of all learners with a commitment to equity and integrity.

  • Be Bold and Daring. We take risks that support our beliefs.

  • Drive Potential. We create and initiate change, growth and innovation in our work but also among each other. We embrace the individuality we bring and strive for excellence as a team.

  • Be Tenacious. We are relentless in pursuing our mission.

  • Build Connections. We expand and nurture our internal and external relationships.

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