An APA representative will visit the winning school to
present the award to the principal, teachers and students whose
work is recognized, and APA will send a press release on the
winner and the award to the local media. It will also be shared
with the local mayor, government representatives, parents and
other members of the school’s community.
That publicity “will highlight what is working well and
generate excitement for the award in that part of the country,”
In 2013, the award was given to Clover — a school in the
Western region—since the APA convention was held in Hawaii.
In 2014, it will go to a school in the Eastern region — Delaware,
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., or West
Virginia — as that year’s convention will be held in Washington,
D.C. Any publicly or privately funded school in the region that
teaches any combination of grades between pre-K and 12th
grade can apply.
Given BEA’s criteria, it wasn’t difficult to choose this year’s
winner, says Hughes.
“They’re doing everything right as a school — the kids are
engaged, they’re on task and working together, their parents
are supporting them at home, and their teachers are highly
informed,” she says. “They set high standards, but they’re also
actively involved in motivating people toward achieving those
standards. It is important to showcase schools that are really
working well for children and their families.” n
Tori DeAngelis is a writer in Syracuse, N. Y.
Applications for the 2014 Golden Psi award are due
Apply for the 2014 Golden Psi
Nov. 1, and the winner will be notified on Feb. 1.
The award will be presented to the winning school
in May, and will be highlighted at APA’s Annual
Convention in Washington, D.C., in August.
For more information about the award and
how to apply, visit www.apa.org/about/awards/