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Campus International partnership wins recognition

Campus International School, a partnership between CMSD and Cleveland State University, has won a national award for its impact on urban education.

District and CSU leaders accepted the Dr. Shirley S. Schwartz Urban Education Impact Award on Thursday at the Council of the Great City Schools’ annual fall conference in Miami.
The award honors a partnership between a university and an urban school district that has had a “positive and significant impact on student learning.” It is presented annually by the Council of the Great City Colleges of Education, made up of college deans who work with urban school leaders.

Campus International, which is based at CSU, opened in 2010 and now includes kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is popular with families, filling its seats by lottery every year and keeping a waiting list.

The school, which follows an International Baccalaureate curriculum, will move next year into a new 750-student building on land that CMSD is leasing from the university. A separate Campus International high school will open with ninth-graders in CSU’s Cole Center.

CMSD and Cleveland State previously won the Urban Education Impact Award for their partnership in the Master of Urban Secondary Teaching program. Several other area districts also participate.

CMSD has been a big winner at this year’s Council of the Great City Schools conference.

On the same night that the Campus International partnership was honored, the council named Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon as its Urban Educator of the Year. The award is the highest honor available to a superintendent in the United States.

The Council of the Great City Schools is based in Washington, D.C., and represents 70 of the nation’s largest school systems.