On Wednesday, January 19, 2023, Curriculum Associates announced that Jasmine Lane of Plew Elementary School in Niceville, FL has been named to the 2023 class of Extraordinary Educators.
- Extraordinary Educators is an annual program that celebrates and connects exemplar teachers in Grades K–8 from around the country.
Chosen from hundreds of nominations, Lane is among 30 educators from 22 states selected for exhibiting:
- Best-in-class use of i-Ready®, i-Ready Classroom Mathematics, and/or Ready®.
- Illustrating growth and achievement via formal assessments.
- Demonstrating innovation and engagement practices for students.
- Being an evangelist for high expectations and student achievement.
- Championing equity, and having taught for at least two years.
“Teachers are true rockstars,” said Emily McCann, vice president of educator community at Curriculum Associates. “This year’s Extraordinary Educators are no exception—they were chosen from hundreds of nominations and represent the best of the best.”
With nearly 340 years of combined teaching experience, this year’s class of Extraordinary Educators includes classroom teachers, special education teachers, and instructional specialists. All of the educators were ultimately selected by an advisory board featuring leaders from Curriculum Associates, previously inducted Extraordinary Educators, and a college student pursuing a degree in urban education.
The Extraordinary Educators will have continued access to a network of peers from around the country to collaborate, connect, and learn from throughout the year as well as access to professional development opportunities from Curriculum Associates, according to a press release.
- They will also be invited to participate and present at the Extraordinary Educators Leadership Summit and other professional learning events.
“I am honored to have been selected for the Extraordinary Educators program by Curriculum Associates!” said Lane. “To be recognized for the growth my students have made and the ways I’ve engaged them in their instruction is very encouraging! I’m looking forward to learning new strategies to implement that will continue to bridge gaps in learning and provide enrichment to my students who need to be challenged.”
This is the fourth year of the Extraordinary Educators program. This year’s class joins 110 additional educators from across the country in receiving this recognition.
“I am proud that Ms. Lane is a member of the OCSD family,” said Superintendent Marcus Chambers. “Three pillars of the Next Generation of Okaloosa Schools are Academic Excellence, Student Focused, and Modern Innovation. She is incorporating these in her classroom to maximize the impact she has on her students regularly.”
Chambers continues by saying that by “using real-time data provided by iReady assessments, she makes differentiated instructional decisions, meeting the needs of each of her students individually.”
“I appreciate Curriculum Associates for recognizing Ms. Lane and the fantastic things she is accomplishing in her classroom,” he added.