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Ryan James Wins VA Milken AwardLucille M. Brown Middle School | Richmond, VA | Nov 15, 2017
Milken Educator Award recipient Ryan James snaps a selfie with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, one of the dignitaries at James' surprise notification. James excels in building relationships with and motivating students—especially those who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Two years ago he took over Brown's Standards of Learning (SOL) Civics class, where outcomes are directly related to the school's accreditation rating. Under his leadership, James' students, many of whom live with poverty, trauma and homelessness, achieved a 92% pass rate in 2016-17, 10 points above the district average and a 7% gain over the previous year.
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