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NCLD's First Annual Celebrating Our Schools Luncheon

Over the past decade, the Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award has been given to a school or school-related program that addressed the educational and social/emotional needs of children with learning disabilities. This annual award has allowed for expanded programmatic and staff development opportunities that focus on incorporating effective research-based practices into classroom and school-wide practice. Preference has been given to programs that serve underprivileged and under- served communities, or programs that have demonstrated unique impact for students with LD.

This year, the award has been expanded to include both a public school and private school in the New York City area, Public School 164 Caesar Rodney Elementary and The Gateway Schools, and a luncheon was held in their honor. Hosted at New York City’s historic 21 Club on October 19, 2010, the event featured guest emcee, Anderson Cooper, from CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. The Commissioner of the National Football League, Roger Goodell, presented the award to Principal Margaret Choy-Shan from P.S. 164, and former New York Rangers Captain, Adam Graves, presented the award to Robert Cunningham, Head of The Gateway Schools. Philip Kent Cooke, son of NCLD founder Carrie Rozelle, and NCLD Executive Director James Wendorf also made comments in the program.

This is an exciting new event for NCLD and members of the educational community to come together to celebrate the great work being done to support a high standard of education for students with LD. NCLD was honored to recognize these two great schools and remains committed to promoting their best practices to improve schools across the nation.