Our Amazing Students, Staff, and Programming
Every day the students, staff and programs of the Davenport Community Schools have an impact in the community and garner national recognition for excellence and innovation in education. The district has received national accolades for its staff, including an Iowa Teacher of the Year, Iowa Principal of the Year, Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year, Iowa Administrator of the Year and two national Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winners. The district’s programming is also groundbreaking, with fifteen schools and programs having received Iowa’s First in the Nation in Education (FINE) Award and one of the elementary schools recognized as a national Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
We’re extremely proud of our students. The good work they do is a testament to our robust curriculum, technological capabilities, and inspirational environment, but the innate character strengths we see within each student is what is truly remarkable. Across our district, student groups have taken their own initiative to help out community members in need of assistance. There are an abundant number of award-winners within our ranks; our students routinely earn accolades related to sports, the arts, core academics, and extracurricular activities.
Our achievement data is on the upswing. Take a look at Madison Elementary School and their recent selection as one of only five schools in the State of Iowa to receive the “Breaking the Barriers to Teaching & Learning” award. The hard work that is being done on our data teams is paying dividends. Everyone — from our most recent graduates to our distinguished alumni — is taking what they have learned from Davenport Community Schools and putting it to work in a world they are helping to shape for the better.
Success Stories from our 2011-2012 Academic Year
The 2011-2012 school year at Davenport Community Schools was one filled with many amazing successes relating to our students, staff, and academic programming. Our educators continued to garner Teacher of the Year Awards, our student athletes won state championships, and one of our student robotics teams competed in a World Championships event!
To aid in a retrospective “look back,” we’ve created a print piece called the 2012 State of the District. To download a PDF version of this document, click here.
To view a comprehensive list of accolades and awards from the 2011-2012 school year, click here.
Some of our Outstanding Alumni
Jim Skinner, class of 1962, Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Corporation
Roger Craig, class of 1978, 3-time Super Bowl champion
Dana Davis, class of 1997, television actress
Jim Leach, class of 1960, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Susan Glaspell, class of 1894, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actress, director, novelist, biographer and poet
Julian Vandervelde, class of 2006, professional football player
Tom Hudson, class of 1990, co-host of PBS national broadcast “Nightly Business Review”