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Boca Raton’s Grandview Preparatory School Students Earn First-Ever Young Justice Nerds Award

May 01, 2018
By Grandview Communications

Grandview Preparatory School Students

Earn First-Ever Young Justice Nerds Award

Students to be Honored at Prestigious Award Ceremony in Washington, DC on May 3rd


Boca Raton, (May 1, 2018) – Grandview Preparatory School is proud to announce that three of its Upper School students, Katherine Berlatsky ‘18, Hunter Davis ‘18 and Elizabeth Buckley ‘21, will receive a tremendous honor in Washington, DC this week from the Young Justice Nerds, through a collaboration of the Center for Policing Equity (CPE) and Google for Education. Earning First Runner-Up in the CPE’s first-ever Young Justice Nerds Awards competition, their student project was selected out of many submissions from high school and college students nationwide.

To be eligible for the award, students (with the help of an advisor/mentor/teacher) submitted written materials and a video essay regarding how they are using science and technology to improve the criminal justice system. Berlatsky, Davis and Buckley will be honored in Washington, DC on Thursday, May 3rd at a ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel, in addition to an awards dinner at the United States Institute of Peace in the evening. The events will bring together thought leaders, advocates, elected officials, celebrities, and tastemakers to honor leading organizations, partners, and stakeholders who are committed to justice in criminal justice reform and policing.

“We are extremely proud of our students and look forward to seeing how they will work to change our world for the better as they graduate from Grandview and further their education and passions,” said Samuel Berey, Director of Global Innovation & Expeditionary Learning at Grandview Preparatory School.

The goal of the Center for Policing Equity and Google for Education is to lift up the passions, genius, and inspiration young people have for justice. By highlighting the amazing talents of young people from around the country, the CPE also demonstrates how children’s brilliance utilizing science, technology, and justice can work together for community uplift.


About Grandview Preparatory School

Grandview Preparatory School is an independent college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1997. Student enrollment is offered for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Grandview redefines ‘Preparatory’ with innovative learning experiences and focus on character and values. In class and beyond, Grandview students discover their talents, create their own path, engage in meaningful activities, and contribute to the community. 

Singer Lizzie Sider to Speak About Bullying Prevention at Grandview Preparatory School

January 29, 2018
By Grandview Communications

American singer and songwriter Lizzie Sider will be addressing a timely and important topic with the student body at Grandview Preparatory School on Wednesday, January 31: Bullying Prevention. 

Sider was teased and ridiculed in early elementary school, excluded socially and was frequently made fun of. As a result, this Boca Raton native founded the bully prevention non-profit organization: Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day.

In addition to being a successful recording artist, actress and dancer, Sider's recent song 'Butterfly' gained significant radio airplay and charted in the Top 40 on the Music Row Country Chart. 

Advocating for positive causes is a cornerstone in Sider's life, both personally and professionally. She is a spokesperson for GWEN (Global Women's Empowerment Network) and PACER (National Bullying Prevention Center). Because she feels an immense connection to young children, she has performed at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and the Childrne's Hospital Los Angeles. 

We are very excited to welcome Ms. Sider to Grandview's campus to have her speak with our students!

You can learn more about Lizzie Sider at


For media inquiries related to this event, please contact Michelle Olson-Rogers at


Agile Drives Engagement at Grandview

November 02, 2017
By Grandview Communications

Scrum Alliance® is pleased to announce its first official case study on Agile in classrooms, conducted in partnership with Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, Florida. Scrum Alliance is the largest professional membership organization and certifying body in the Agile community dedicated to helping organizations transform while helping tomorrow’s workers prepare for careers in Agile companies

“We are excited and proud to have supported Agile training and coaching in independent schools across the country over the past four years,” said Lisa Hershman, interim CEO for Scrum Alliance. “Grandview Preparatory School is a shining example of what Agile can do for teachers and students in classrooms across the country and around the world. We see real change happening in these schools, and now we are able to show that impact with measurements and case studies like this one.”

“Grandview is a school dedicated to teaching our students 21st-century skills, such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and empathy,” said Jacqueline Westerfield, Head of School and an English teacher at Grandview Prep. “Encouraging our students to take more control of their learning is one way to help them master these skills.”

Grandview was committed to increasing student engagement, but the faculty initially lacked practical steps to achieve that goal. During a survey of 138 upper school students working on group projects in the fall of 2016, they learned that their concern about low student engagement was valid. So they brought in an Agile coach and trainer to help students and teachers turn things around. Over the course of the next several months, they saw that 15 out of 16 teachers had implemented Agile principles and practices into their classroom work. And the student comments about engagement were shockingly positive. More than just raising engagement, the results showed that many students not only worked better together in teams but also showed real passion for the work they were doing.

Hershman said, “We know Agile in classrooms works. We see the excitement the kids have for it and how empowered they feel when they implement frameworks such as Scrum. We will continue to track case studies like Grandview's to measure the results on both performance and the overall learning experience.”

Scrum Alliance hopes that by sharing data and stories of Agile success in classrooms, it will encourage educators to begin to transform learning in their schools, eventually helping to spread Agile to thousands of classrooms across the United States and the world and further shifting schools from rote learning toward measurable student and teacher engagement.

Watch: See the video about Agile in Grandview’s classrooms.

Learn more: Read the case study and find resources for Agile in schools.

Grandview Teacher Nancy Boyle Selected as Big 12, Champions for Life Grant Winner

June 12, 2017
By Grandview Communications

Boca Raton, (June 12, 2017) – The Big 12 Conference, in partnership with the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) platform, recently announced a campaign to honor educators across the country. More than 100 student-athletes featured in the “Big 12 Champions for Life” campaign were given the opportunity to recognize a teacher (grades K-12) who made a lasting impact during their academic journey. Mrs. Nancy Boyle of Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton was selected as a recipient. She will receive a $1,000 grant to be applied toward a classroom project and teaching supplies.

Mrs. Boyle was nominated by Vionise Pierre-Louis, who is one of the Big 12 student-athletes featured in its “Champions for Life” campaign. Through this campaign, the Big 12 features the stories of student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and on the field, and have benefitted from receiving an athletic scholarship. In her nomination, Pierre-Louis stated: “Mrs. Boyle pushed me beyond my capacity on every single paper. She always made me write and write and re-write until I got something right. She made me read extra books to enhance my vocabulary/knowledge! Beyond that, she pushed me to be a better sister and daughter.”

The partnership between the two organizations underscores the critical link teachers play in the education system and in the lives of student-athletes. EYFT, the primary platform of the CFP Foundation, elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering quality teachers. “Big 12 Champions for Life” showcases the success stories of student-athletes and how athletic scholarships have positively changed their lives.

“One of our goals with this initiative is to tell the often-overlooked stories of our student-athletes,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “A huge part of these stories are the teachers and coaches who have helped our student-athletes grow as individuals and have left a lasting, positive impact.”

“We are proud to recognize these teachers who have made a difference in the lives of their students,” said CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock. “We hope these grants will provide resources these teachers need to continue their outstanding educational success, while acknowledging the importance of quality teachers in our country.”

Original press release HERE.


About the Big 12 Conference

The Big 12 Conference is comprised of 10 Universities - Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia. The Big 12 is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics conference that encompasses five states with over 38 million people within its geographic footprint. In its 21st year, the Conference has produced over 600 Academic All-America selections and claimed national championship team titles in 17 of its 23 sponsored sports. Its student-athletes and teams have combined for 630 individual NCAA titles and 56 team national championships.

Nearly 5,000 student-athletes from across the United States and around the World compete annually under the Big 12 banner. For more information, visit and follow the Conference on Facebook ( and Twitter (@Big12Conference).

About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers

The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is the charitable arm of the College Football Playoff and supports education and teachers across the country. The CFP Foundation creates multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. The Foundation’s primary philanthropic initiative, Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT), elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering quality teachers through the development and implementation of programs in three key focus areas: direct provision of resources, teacher recognition, and professional development training. For more information, visit and follow the Extra Yard for Teachers platform on Facebook (, Twitter (@CFPExtraYard) and Instagram (@CFPExtraYard).

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