National Principals Leadership Institute, SICA Awards deadline

To celebrate the accomplishments of schools across the United States and Canada, the National Principals Leadership Institute this year has launched the School Innovation and Change Awards (SICA). Five schools will each receive a $10,000 sustainability grant to advance their work.

In 2015, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) ranked the United States education system 35 out of 64 countries in math and 27 in science. Although rankings are a great tool for understanding one’s global standing, these numbers fail to paint a complete picture. There are North American schools making important strides, and as such, those that are exceeding benchmarks ought to be celebrated.

Since 2000, more than 850 schools were nominated for the National School Change Awards, providing data and documentation to demonstrate substantial change in school culture, measurable outcomes, community engagement, teaching and learning, adult growth, and foremost, student success. 81 schools were awardees.

The deadline for the School Innovation and Change Awards (SICA) is April 1, 2016. For more information, contact Tegan Mosugu at

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