“I made the decision long ago to dedicate my career to helping children stay in school and achieve academic success. This award is an incredible honor.”
New York, NY (PRWEB) June 20, 2011
Stuart Udell was one of three honorees to receive an award from the “I Have A Dream” Foundation at its spring gala for his on-going commitment to education.
Kim Guadagno, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor & Secretary of State presented Mr. Udell with the Education Warrior’s Award.
Mr. Udell currently serves as President and CEO of Catapult Learning in Camden, NJ and is Chairman of the National Dropout Prevention Center based out of Clemson University.
"My passion for student success stems from my family; a lineage of educators, “said Udell. “I made the decision long ago to dedicate my career to helping children stay in school and achieve academic success. This award is an incredible honor.”
In addition to Mr. Udell, President Emeritus of Drew University, former Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, and former New Jersey Governor, Thomas H. Kean and Time To Know founder & Director, Shmuel Meitar also received awards.
"We are truly fortunate to honor three such distinguished leaders who are committed to improving the education of our young people," said Iris Chen, President & CEO of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation. "Their bold and innovative thinking along with their leadership and conviction – all on behalf of the nation’s most under-served students - - have moved us closer to our vision that one day, every child in every neighborhood will have the opportunity to achieve higher education and capitalize on their talents and passions.”
About the “I Have a Dream” Foundation
Since its founding in 1981, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation has worked to change a critical reality: in our nation today, only 10% of students in low-income communities are expected to earn a college degree. The “I Have A Dream” Foundation vision is that one day, every student in every neighborhood will have the opportunity to achieve higher education and capitalize fully on their talents and passions. “I Have A Dream” Foundation has impacted the lives of more than 14,000 students in urban and rural communities, sponsoring entire cohorts of students from elementary school through high school. Upon graduation, each ‘Dreamer’ receives guaranteed tuition assistance for higher education. Today, more than 3,000 Dreamers are working their way to college in 17 states, Washington, D.C., and New Zealand, following the 11,000 alumni who came before them. In many sites, Dreamers are graduating from high school at twice or even triple the rate of their peers. Many Dreamers will be the first in their families to earn a college degree. As “I Have A Dream” Foundation looks to the future, it is building on its legacy to launch an ambitious new model to work with some of the nation’s top school reformers to enable many more students to reach and graduate from college on a large and sustainable scale. For more information visit http://www.ihaveadreamfoundation.org.
About Catapult Learning
For more than 35 years, Catapult Learning has partnered with schools and school districts to help boost the academic achievement of struggling K-12 students. Catapult’s managed instructional programs, customized support and professional development services for educators are all designed for flexibility in order to align with each school’s unique culture. Today, Catapult Learning employs 3,800 teachers and staff and provides support to nearly 1,500 schools. http://www.catapultlearning.com