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Dr. Jason D. Plourde

Dr. Jason D. Plourde (IA '08)

Regional Administrator

Green Hills Area Education Agency
Council Bluffs, IA

At the time of the Award, Dr. Jason D. Plourde was:

Washington Elementary School
Council Bluffs, IA

Grade(s): Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Biographical Information

As principal of Washington Elementary School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jason Plourde has provided strong, effective leadership during challenging times. When nearby Crescent Elementary School was destroyed in a fire in 2006, its students and staff were moved to Washington Elementary under Plourde's leadership. Over the next two years, he worked with colleagues, staff and community members to unify the two very different school communities under one roof, earning their trust, respect and admiration. A data-driven instructional leader, Plourde instituted Data Mondays to help teachers develop instructional improvement plans for students based on assessment data. He also regularly monitors the achievement levels of gifted and talented students to ensure academic gains. A proponent of Reading First and a presenter of the program for the Iowa Department of Education, Plourde led his staff in implementing Reading First at Washington, emphasizing research-based reading strategies in his teachers' professional development. As a result, reading scores have improved, earning special recognition for Washington Elementary from the State of Iowa. In conjunction with the Centennial Rotary Club, Plourde launched Project Graduate 2016, which pairs Washington Elementary fifth graders with Rotary Club members for activities and mentoring. When Crescent students returned to their rebuilt campus in the fall of 2008, several Crescent parents chose to keep their children with Jason Plourde at Washington Elementary School.

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