Ohio Connections Academy Superintendent Named School Leader of The Year

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Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools honors Ray Lambert for his outstanding leadership in the charter schools movement

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OAPCS' State Conference Awards are designed to recognize and honor excellence in the charter schools movement

Ray Lambert, superintendent of leading virtual charter school, Ohio Connections Academy (OCA), was named School Leader of the Year by the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools (OAPCS). Lambert received the award during the Association’s 2010 State Conference on Nov. 12, 2010, for his contributions to increasing student achievement and enhancing the quality of education within Ohio’s charter schools.

“OAPCS’ State Conference Awards are designed to recognize and honor excellence in the charter schools movement,” said Bill Sims, president and CEO of OAPCS. “This honor speaks to Ray Lambert’s outstanding leadership of Ohio Connections Academy and the high-quality program being offered to Ohio students. OAPCS is pleased to recognize Ray’s leadership, dedication and tireless efforts to provide students with an exceptional education experience.”

Lambert’s honor will be added to OCA’s growing list of achievements and success measures, which serve as valuable quality indicators for families considering virtual school options in Ohio. In addition to the School Leader of the Year award:

  •     OCA teachers, administrators and staff were recognized during OAPCS’ 2010 State Conference with a school improvement award for increasing student achievement for two consecutive years.
  •     OCA achieved an “Excellent” rating on the 2009-2010 report card from the Ohio Department of Education. It is the first e-school in Ohio to be designated “Excellent.”
  •     OCA was named to the Ohio Coalition for Quality Education's 2010 Honor Roll of Public Charter Schools.
  •     OCA earned continuing accreditation in August 2010 from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. NCA CASI accreditation is a distinctive mark of quality that recognizes a school's commitment to excellence in education.

Lambert has been a part of the charter schools movement since 1999 and has led OCA since 2004. Under his leadership, OCA has grown from 150 students in grades K-8 to more than 2,700 students enrolled in grades K-12. He also led the school to the “Excellent” rating from the Ohio Department of Education for increasing student achievement and exceeding state standards for quality for two consecutive years.

“Ray is focused on student achievement, continually challenging his staff to move students forward,” said Christy Lamb, assistant high school principal for OCA. “Ray is patient, fair, consistent and compassionate, and his leadership has moved OCA to excellence. School Leader of the Year is a well-deserved honor.”

The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools is a non-profit, membership organization that is dedicated to providing children with greater educational opportunities by enhancing and sustaining quality charter schools. OAPCS’ State Conference is an annual gathering of charter school teachers, leaders, school board members and stakeholders to share ideas, insights, best practices, challenges and educational victories. The theme of this year’s conference was Aspire to Greatness.

About Ohio Connections Academy
Ohio Connections Academy delivers a personalized virtual public school education that combines state-certified teachers, a print-rich curriculum, technology tools and community experiences. Teachers develop a personalized learning plan for each student, deliver instruction, evaluate assignments and work directly with students via the phone and Internet. An adult Learning Coach assists the student in the home with day-to-day activities. Because it is a public school, there are no costs for tuition, fees or supplies. The school loans each family a computer, reimburses them for an Internet connection and provides all curriculum materials – including textbooks, workbooks and hands-on materials. For more information, visit http://www.connectionsacademy.com/ohio-school or call 800-382-6010.

Heidi May

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