Phyllis Grice Recognized for Using Data to Support Student Achievement at Parkland School District
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June 17, 2015

Phyllis Grice Recognized for Using Data to Support Student Achievement

Phyllis Grice, assistant director of technology at Parkland School District in Allentown, Pa., has been recognized as a Data All-Star in SunGard K-12 Education’s Lead without Limits Awards Program. From nominations from educators and school administrators from across the country, the Parkland School District administrator was selected as an individual who best uses data to positively affect student achievement.

Parkland School DistrictThe Lead without Limits Awards Program recognizes school districts, schools, departments, administrators, and educators that leverage technology to help improve student achievement and/or school or district efficiency. Data All-Stars, one of the Lead without Limits Award categories, use data to positively affect student achievement by applying best practices or innovating processes. Whether their initiatives are impacting one student or hundreds of students, nominees are unlocking student potential by applying insights gained from an analysis of data.

In her nomination, Tracy Smith, assistant superintendent for operations, said that Grice has long been recognized as a data all-star in Parkland School District and across the state of Pennsylvania.

“Phyllis Grice has shown tremendous leadership, at the district, regional, and state level in the area of data integrity. Her dedication to excellence and ensuring the accuracy of our data is unparalleled in my experience,” she said. “She is well respected by her peers and networks well with her colleagues in surrounding districts to help work through issues. When I know Phyllis is working on a project, regardless how time consuming or complex, I never have to worry that it will be implemented with anything less than perfection.”

Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Education’s vice president of product, celebrates Grice and the other Lead without Limits Award recipients. “It’s an honor to serve this nation’s school districts as they inspire students and support them in realizing the greatest possibilities for their lives,” says Hames. “Through their dedication and innovation, the Lead without Limits Award recipients are having an inspiringly positive impact on our children.”

The Lead without Limits Awards recipients received a statuette. They are now in the running for the annual awards that will be presented at SunGard K-12 Education’s National User Group Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. SunGard K-12 Education will select the three annual award winners from all the monthly recipients during the year. For these three annual winners, SunGard K-12 will pay the conference fee for one individual to represent them at the conference and hear best practices shared by districts across the country.

Nominations for the Lead without Limits Awards are accepted through an application form available on SunGard K-12 Education’s website. For guidelines and selection process, please see the Lead without Limits Awards Program information online.

Parkland School District
The Parkland School District is located in a suburban-rural setting in the Lehigh Valley, Pa. The district is comprised of 11 schools that educated almost 9,200 students during the 2014-2015 academic year. The Parkland School District mission is to ensure that each student is empowered with success strategies for lifelong learning by creating a secure, effective learning environment in collaboration with dedicated staff, involved parents, and a supportive community.

About SunGard K-12 Education
SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. The PLUS 360 products are a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suite—which provides district staff with anytime, anywhere access to important district information—can be deployed to work together or implemented as stand-alone systems to help meet educational goals and requirements. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at

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