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Meet the 2015-16 Milken Educator Award Winners

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Amber Dortch (VA '15) | Principal, Hugo A. Owens Middle School | Chesapeake, VA

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Date of Award: December 11, 2015

Amber Dortch was asked to take the helm at Hugo A. Owens Middle School two years ago, when it was in jeopardy of losing full accreditation. Dortch gained teachers’ trust by involving them in a system of collaborative leadership to effectively tie instruction to standards and student needs. They began using new research-based strategies, analyzing student data to drive decision-making, and developed a schoolwide lesson plan template. Dortch's creativity, positivity and ability to rally her team around common goals of strengthened instruction and student achievement have been drivers for Hugo A. Owens Middle’s progress. Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) scores have improved in all four core areas (English, math, history and science) and the school is in good accreditation standing.


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