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Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award

NCLD’s Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award was created by NCLD’s Board of Directors in 2000 to honor the organization’s founders by recognizing schools that are successful in addressing the learning and social/emotional needs of students with learning disabilities (LD) and other students who struggle with learning. This award is intended to help the recipient school expand programmatic and staff development activities that incorporate effective data-based decision-making practices and progress monitoring activities into classroom and school-wide practice. As of 2010, both public schools and independent schools are eligible for recognition with an award. Eligible public school programs must have met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the most recent school year. Preference is given to schools that serve underprivileged and under-served communities, and programs that have demonstrated unique impact on students with LD.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The ideal candidates for this nomination are schools or school-related program that are committed to excellence in education for all students, including those with learning disabilities, and have demonstrated:

  • Extraordinary learning and social/behavioral student outcomes
  • A commitment to data-based decision making and student progress monitoring
  • Demonstrated K-12 transition planning activities that will facilitate student advancement and lead to a regular high school diploma
  • Ongoing staff development and opportunities for professional growth that enhance accountability and promote better student outcomes

For the public school award, only schools that have met Adequate Yearly Progress goals will be considered.

Submission process

Only schools in the New York City metropolitan area are being considered for review at this time. Recommendations for consideration should be sent (email only) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Submissions should include documentation (and links) to:

  • Most current performance data (e.g., report cards) documenting AYP status and specific  examples of student achievement gains
  • School community demographics
  • Policies and practices regarding special education
  • Specific activities and approaches that support the needs of all students, including students with LD and their families

Selection process

Members of the NCLD Team, in consultation with members of the NCLD Board of Directors, will review all qualified applications and select the winners of this annual award.

Award presentation

The awards will be announced at NCLD's Annual "Celebrating Our Schools" Luncheon. Members of the school/program community will be invited to attend this event and accept the award.

Award benefits and obligations

    This cash prize of $2,500 per school is made possible by the National Football League, thanks to their generous contribution in honor of Former Commissioner Pete Rozelle and his wife, Carrie, the founder of NCLD

    • This award is to be spent in ways that support and enhance student success.
    • Each school’s efforts and accomplishments will be featured in NCLD communications and through other media opportunities.
    • Additional prizes are often made available to the winning school/program. Past winners have benefitted from:
      • gift certificates for educational products from leading companies, including Brookes Publishing and Sopris West Educational Services
      • software from Kurzweil Educational Systems

    For additional information, contact:

    The National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc.
    32 Laight Street, Floor 2, New York, NY 10013
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Find out about New Dorp High School and The Winward School, the winners of the 2013 Pete and Carrie Rozelle Award, and find out about previous recipients of the award.

    Past winners of the Pete and Carrie Rozelle Award.