Concord Consortium board member Larry Rosenstock has received the prestigious 2010 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. Rosenstock is the CEO and founding principal of High Tech High (HTH), and received the Secondary Education prize for creating educational ideas that work and scaling them up to improve student achievement.
The Concord Consortium is pleased to have Larry Rosenstock on our board, and to see him honored for his groundbreaking education work with HTH. A very literal example of scaling up, HTH has grown from one school to 10 in the last decade and is approved to open up to 48 schools in California. Serving a diverse student population that is selected by a blind zip-code based lottery, over 60 percent of students are racial or ethnic minorities and 25 percent are low-income. Nearly all HTH graduates are accepted to college. About 80 percent pursue bachelor’s degrees and about 35 percent were the first in their families to attend college. The innovative and high-achieving charter schools emphasize student projects, real-world problem-solving assignments and internships with local businesses and community organizations.
The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to creating a smarter, better world. Honorees are chosen by a distinguished Board of Judges from the education community and receive a gift of $25,000 and a bronze sculpture. The Prize was established in 1988 to honor the late Mr. McGraw’s lifelong commitment to education and to mark the Corporation’s 100th anniversary.