Supt. Barnes receives Educational Champion Award

Supt. Barnes receives Educational Champion Award

GLOCESTER - Michael Barnes, superintendent of the Foster-Glocester Regional School District, received a 2014 Educational Champion Award from the New England Secondary School Consortium, on March 21 at the annual High School Redesign in Action Conference.

The New England Secondary School Consortium's state and regional Champion Awards honor the contributions of New England leaders working to raise graduation rates, lower dropout rates, and send more students on to college and postsecondary certification programs.

Barnes has served as superintendent of the Foster-Glocester Regional School District since October 2008 and is the 2014 Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year. Announced in a press release, he has worked collaboratively with educators in his district to foster standards-based education and effective instructional practices and to create academies with flexible pathways that lead to college credit and/or industry certification, including a 7-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Academy.

He has served as an assistant superintendent in that district and as a fellow at the Rhode Island Department of Education, where he provided technical assistance to schools and districts in curriculum, instruction, and proficiency-based graduation, among other roles and responsibilities. A Milken National Educator and former Rhode Island Technology Teacher of the Year, Barnes served on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission for six years and the organization's 2011 Standards Writing Committee. Barnes has been an active member of the New England Secondary School Consortium Council since its inception in 2009.

He lives in Lincoln with his wife and two children.