Panasonic to Sponsor University’s Change Awards

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<p><strong>Bronx, N.Y. &mdash; July 13</strong><br />Beginning this month, Panasonic Corp. will sponsor and fund the Fordham University Graduate School of Education&#39;s National School Change Awards.</p><p>The awards, which will now be known as the Panasonic National School Change Awards, have been given by the Graduate School of Education each year since 2000 in recognition of outstanding progress and significant change at six public schools in the United States.<br /><br />The program will be managed jointly by Fordham and the Panasonic Foundation, and the 2008 Panasonic National School Change Award will be made possible by a $75,000 grant from Panasonic North America.<br /><br />&quot;Panasonic is honored to support an effort that is tightly aligned with the vision of our parent company&#39;s founder, Konosuke Matsushita,&quot; said Joe Taylor, Panasonic North America chief operating officer. &quot;Mr. Matsushita views human beings as society&#39;s most precious resource and a strong educational base as essential to human progress.&quot; <br /><br />Since the program&#39;s inception, 601 schools from 44 states have been nominated. Each year, a distinguished panel of judges selects six award winners. </p><p>In addition to being honored at the national ceremony, award-winning schools receive a grant of $5,000. Winning school principals are guests at the National Principals Leadership Institute, where they share their schools&#39; success stories.<br /><br />&quot;Recognizing schools that are making strides toward eliminating achievement gaps is critically important,&quot; said Larry Leverett, Panasonic Foundation executive director. &quot;The Panasonic National School Change Awards is doing so in a unique and valuable way by shining a spotlight on schools that have distinguished themselves in the extent of their improvement.&quot; </p>

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