After the Golden Apple Foundation named three National University alumni as finalists this year for its highly-coveted teaching awards, it announced it has selected another NLU alum for its leadership award, bestowed on a principal or head of school.
Golden Apple named James Roscoe, Ed.D., a 2011 graduate of NLU’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program, as one of eight finalists for its Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Leadership, presented in honor of founding Golden Apple board member Stanley C. Golder.
Roscoe is principal of Grayslake North High School in Grayslake, Illinois.
Golden Apple’s mission is to recognize exemplary educators and develop future educators. Its Leadership award honors exemplary performance in school leadership by a principal or head of school who has had a significant and sustained positive impact on the school, created a culture of inclusivity, and delivered dramatic student growth.
Greater competition this year
This is the first year Golden Apple accepted nominations from all of Illinois, and the number of nominations increased by 42 percent, making the competition more rigorous. Golden Apple received nominations from 28 counties, with six counties being represented at the finalist stage. Roscoe was the only finalist from a Lake County school.
Golden Apple forms a selection committee composed of master educators, including previous award recipients, district and university leaders, to assess nominees and finalists based on professional standards, culture, innovation and outcomes. They conduct on-site observations and interviews.
Honoring finalists Feb. 23
The organization will honor all finalists on Saturday, February 23 at the Golden Apple Celebration of Excellence to be held at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Event details and tickets are available at www.goldenapple.org/celebration. Golden Apple will notify winners in the spring with surprise visit(s) at their schools.
“As a former school leader, I have a keen understanding of the opportunities and challenges that these finalists encounter,” said Alan Mather, President of Golden Apple and the first recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership. “It’s a tremendous honor to recognize the stellar work of these principals and heads of school.”
Alicia Winckler, Golden Apple CEO, said “Golden Apple is thrilled to showcase leaders who optimize the education environment for students.”