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The Education Foundation of Bloomington’s Prodigy Awards recognizes superb teamwork that improves the educational environment within Bloomington Public Schools. Nominations are submitted every year to recognize groups of colleagues that demonstrate outstanding teamwork in the following categories:


Superb Administrative Teamwork (administrator and support staff) of schools and the District office. Superb Staff Teamwork (all other non-administrative staff)

may also include parents, students or community members as part of the group or from the District office.


Prodigy Award Purpose and Eligibility

The purpose of Prodigy Awards is to recognize team efforts in creating a positive and safe learning environment for students and staff.


• EFB encourages staff to become connected to one another. The more we care about each other, the more our environment improves. Staff is more likely to contribute in the workplace and students will benefit from the caring environment.


• EFB values the “Super Team” concept over individual staff recognition, and wishes to acknowledge staff who create a “super classroom” or “work environment” for staff and students. Please include ALL members of the team/department in entry submissions. No team member should be excluded in the nomination.

Have someone to nominate for the 2018 Prodigy Awards?

Nominations are being accepted until May 25. Please download, complete and return the nomination packet on or before May 25. To download a printable copy of the packet, please click the thumbnail at right.



1. Secondary AVID Leadership Team: Kristin Donnelly (KHS), Kristen Power (VVMS), Kelly Killorn-Moravec (ESC), Ashley Modrow (VVMS)

AVID is a K-12 school-wide approach which provides a framework for all teachers to incorporate research-based best practices into their lessons through writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. All AVID schools promote a “college-going environment” by developing a school-wide culture of post-secondary enrollment and success. AVID incorporates an elective class for students who are falling short of their potential and need extra support to find success along a college pathway. Components of the AVID elective include a full standards-based curriculum providing strategies and skills that support academic achievement in honors/AP level courses and weekly inquiry-based tutorial sessions where students work in small groups to engage in high-level questioning techniques to prompt and guide one another’s thinking around points of confusion from their content area classwork and homework.

Total 2308 students impacted by AVID’s school-wide approach.

141 students enrolled in AVID’s elective course and has increased number of students applied.


2. All Faculty members of Southwood Early Learning Center

Words cannot accurately describe the amazing amount of growth that occurs at Southwood Early Learning Center. Working with our most vulnerable population of students, birth - 5, these teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, adaptive phy. ed. nurses, cultural liaisons, secretaries, psychologists, para, custodians, social workers, and office staff team together and work year round to provide specific and targeted services for children and their families from all cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, medical, and social needs. Not only do they create a welcoming environment within their building - through PBIS rallies, spirit days, and artists in residence, but they go into homes where they can tune out all distractions and focus on what’s most important, the child, and get them the support they need to grow. Southwood works because this group of staff is some of the most selfless people you’ll ever meet. They are advocates for those that cannot always be advocates for themselves.

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