Just received word from Deena at SMART:
"Christopher Columbus High School has been selected as a 2012 SMART Showcase Elite School! Each year, 25 SMART Showcase Schools are recognized as Elite for the duration of the calendar year. SMART Showcase Elite Schools are those that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment in using a wide range of SMART products in the majority of classrooms to create appealing, interactive learning environments that increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. Educators and administrators at SMART Showcase Elite Schools have shared their results and experiences with their local education community by consistently hosting visitors who are interested in learning more about SMART. They have also been active members of SMART learning communities, such as SMART User Groups, the SMART Exemplary Educator Program, and SMART Exchange, in an effort to constantly improve and share their SMART skills.
"As a 2012 SMART Showcase Elite School, your school will receive a commemorative plaque to display. We will also make note of your school’s Elite status on the Showcase Schools web directory. Throughout the calendar year, your school will be eligible for hardware and software upgrades on select new SMART products as they come to market and professional development opportunities free of charge. As an Elite School, SMART may request that your school acts as the host site for a SMART event in 2012.
"Out of the more than 200 Showcase Schools in North America we are thrilled to consider your school among our 25 SMART Showcase Elite Schools for 2012."
Very exciting for our school and community!