Regina Dominican Wins Silver Medal at the Edison Awards!
April 30, 2012
Regina Dominican was honored last week at a reception held at the New York Academy of Sciences in Manhattan as a winner of the prestigious Edison Award.
It was a celebration of the internationally renowned 2012 Edison Best New Product Awards in which Regina received the high distinction of a silver medal in her category of living, working and learning environments
"Hats off to Regina Dominican students and their teachers for adapting the way they teach and learn to incorporate the rigor and problem-solving skills derived from facing real world problems. A representative from the President’s Council on Jobs once told us that what Regina Dominican is doing is exactly what US leaders are saying needs to happen in all of our schools. Regina Dominican is taking a leadership role within the US educational landscape," said Dr. Jean Egmon of Third Angle, Inc., an education and innovation expert affiliated with Regina Dominican.
Regina was first announced as a finalist in February in recognition of her innovative approach to education, one that weaves real-world projects supplied by corporate and university partners into a college preparatory curriculum, preparing students for global leadership. Regina launched this new educational platform during the 2011-2012 academic year, as part of a 3-year phase-in plan.
"People ask if the name we have chosen to identify our innovation initiatives, Vision 2020, means that Regina Dominican will wait until 2020 to realize the fruits of her inspired work. The truth is, much of this vision is already alive and in action at Regina. It’s now our responsibility to take our light out from under the bushel basket and be intentional about the enriching environment Regina Dominican already enjoys. The bottom line is that true leaders and true innovators never stop building and creating," said Egmon.
"The Edison Awards provide an exclusive platform for honoring innovation, recognizing innovators, and encouraging ongoing innovation among today’s development teams, researchers, designers, ‘intrapreneurs’ and entrepreneurs," said Thomas Stat, the 2012 Edison Awards Steering Committee Chairman.
The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison whose extraordinary new product development methods and innovative achievements garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name around the world. The ballot of nominees for the Edison Best New Product Awards™ is judged by a panel of more than 3,000 individuals, including members of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), an organization comprising America’s top marketing professionals and academics. The panel also includes professionals from the fields of product development & design, engineering, science and education.
This year, the nominees were judged on a new set of evaluation criteria developed in partnership with Nielsen. These new criteria establish a new definition of innovation, leveraging the primary themes of Concept, Value, Impact and Delivery.
"With our emphasis on innovation and trying new things, let’s remember that Regina Dominican remains that special place where every girl blossoms into who God meant her to be. It is a place where the girls and teachers have a love and respect for each other that is truly phenomenal," said S. Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP, President of Regina.
Regina will be hosting Thomas Edison’s great-grand niece, Sarah Miller Caldicott, herself an expert in innovation and co-author of Innovate Like Edison, this fall as part of the Regina Dominican Leadership Institute.
For additional information on the Edison Awards, please visit their website here.