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District Receives 2019 Values Driven Award of Excellence

Ralston Public Schools has been recognized as the Cognia regional recipient of the 2019 Values Driven Award of Excellence. Dr. Mike Rupprecht, Executive Director of Human Resources and School Improvement, accepted the award at the Midwest Region Fall Conference in Chicago, Illinois on October 30.

"This award represents the district's ongoing commitment to provide our students with the best possible learning environment,” said Dr. Rupprecht. “By holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards of accreditation, the community can be assured that Ralston Public Schools is dedicated to ensuring all students have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

Cognia is a non-profit, continuous improvement organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and provides resources, tools, and support to education leaders across the globe to ensure all learners realize their full potential.

Nominations for this award were received from a variety of sources including volunteers, Engagement Review team members, Lead Evaluators, Field Consultants, Cognia Advisory Committee members, and staff.

"This award is a perfect illustration of how our educators constantly reflect on their instructional strategies and look for better, more effective ways to promote student success,” said Rupprecht.

Ralston Public Schools scored a 350 on the district's IEQ, which is approximately 70 points higher than the average institution in the Cognia network. The IEQ provides an overall measure of a district's performance, with scores ranging from 100-400. Ralston's IEQ score was the highest in Nebraska for institutions that went through Cognia's accreditation process.

“Ralston Public Schools demonstrates the Cognia Values by its committed efforts to engage stakeholders at all levels. Their exemplary use of data has helped the district pinpoint needs and strengthen student engagement. Their commitment to continuous improvement drives their action and provides strategic direction and allocation to serve all students. This has built strong connections and investments across stakeholder groups. Their "Stewardship Pledge", made by all staff members ensures shared values are demonstrated through action every day. Ralston Public School District exemplifies what tenacious commitment to continuous improvement can achieve and they should be commended for their commitment and dedication to achieve the next level of excellence on behalf of the learners they serve. It is our privilege and honor to join them on their journey to do so,” commented Shannon Vogler, Cognia Regional Director.

This is an image of Dr. Michael Rupprecht accepting an award for Ralston Public Schools.