Great City School Council presents the graduation mirror of Norfolk High School

North Billerica, Mass., June 17, 2022—The Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) recently awarded Dr. Michael Caserley Legacy Scholarship for Educational Courage and Justice to Ayana Asku, a 2022 graduate of Norfolk Public School, Virginia. Sponsored by Curriculum Associates, the $ 10,000 College Scholarship will be used by Askew to earn a degree in English at Atlanta Spellman College.

The scholarship is part of the Dr. Michael Caserley Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Judgment, named after the council’s former executive director. The annual award, now in its second year, is presented to a person who has made outstanding contributions to K-12 grade urban education with a bold and passionate position on educational justice and fairness. This year’s winner was Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-V.), Who is currently chairing the Education and Labor Committee, is working to advance an agenda that improves the fairness and quality of education.

Askew Norfolk’s Booker T. She was a 2022 senior class valedictorian at Washington High School, graduating with a 4.48 grade-point average. A prolific poet, he has written and performed original poems on police brutality and juntinth locally, nationally and internationally, and was one of only 20 students nationwide to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholar Award in the arts. He has also produced a number of documentaries advocating for safer public school facilities for students, earning respectable accolades in CSPAN’s National Studentcam Documentary Competition. Askew’s life goal is to use his platform and voice to touch people’s hearts, advocate for justice and change the world.

“I am delighted to have chosen Aina Asku as the recipient of this year’s scholarship in my honor,” Caserley said. “He is highly qualified for this scholarship and is a prime example of the wonderful graduation that urban public schools in our country produce. As she pursues a degree in English, I know she has a bright future ahead of me, and I thank Curriculum Associates for their generous support. “

CGCS is the only national body that exclusively represents the needs of urban public schools. Consisting of 77 large-city school districts, its goal is to promote the cause of urban schools and support students within the city through law, research and media relations. The organization provides a network for school districts to share common problems, exchange information and collectively address new challenges as they emerge to provide the best possible education for urban youth.

“Through our partnership with the Council of the Great City School, we are once again proud to sponsor the Dr. Michael Caserley Legacy Scholarship for Educational Courage and Justice and recognize an outstanding emerging college student,” said Woody Pike, Executive Vice President of Curriculum. “Ayana demonstrates her studies, her advocacy work and her extraordinary commitment to her community. We respect her accomplishments and wish her all the best for her educational journey.”

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About the Great City School Council

The special goal of America’s urban public schools is to provide the most diverse student organizations in the country with the highest academic quality and to prepare them to contribute to our democracy and the world community. The Council brings together 75 of the country’s largest urban public school systems in an alliance dedicated to improving public education for our urban public school children. See

About Curriculum Associates

Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and evaluation and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary to teach a diverse student population and encourage education for all students.

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