The NASA Explorer Schools Program was chosen as one of the Top 50 Government Innovations for 2006 by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

The selected programs represent the government’s best efforts in various areas including education and training. They demonstrate the most innovative, creative and results-oriented efforts in government according to the award criteria.

“NASA’s Explorer Schools Program exemplifies the agency’s tradition of investing in the nation’s education programs and supporting educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, encouraging and nurturing young minds,” said Angela Phillips Diaz, NASA’s acting assistant administrator for education.

In its fourth year, NASA’s Explorer Schools program establishes a three-year partnership between the agency and school teams of teachers and education administrators from diverse communities across the country. The program is designed for education communities to help improve teaching and learning in science, math and technology. The program wants to attract and retain students, teachers and faculty through a progression of educational opportunities.

The Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Mass., announced the selections March 22. The National Selection Committee on Innovation in American Government will name the most innovative agencies, from among the top 50, in July during a ceremony in Washington.

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