Diversity Leadership Award

Pictured with the OES Leadership Team and Spartanburg School District 2 board member
Sarah Simmons is former US Secretary of Education and SC Governor Dick Riley.

At the recent Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner in Greenville, Oakland Elementary was named the 2016 recipient of the Diversity Leadership Award for K-12 School Excellence. This award recognizes Oakland's ongoing efforts to place social-emotional learning, character, and leadership at the heart of the school's instructional program. Specifically, the selection committee noted the school's "Choose Kind" PBL unit, "Rising Stars" mentor program, single-gender programming, and inclusion of students in Mrs. Cooper's class throughout the school community.

The annual event, in its twelfth year, is hosted by The Riley Institute at Furman and sponsored by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. As stated in the selection letter, "Oakland Elementary now joins a group of prestigious individuals and organizations in the Upstate who have been recognized for their tireless efforts at being diversity champions across our Upstate region." For more information on this year's honorees, click here: