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What is the Excellence in Project Management award?

The Excellence in Project Management Award recognizes students who effectively implement project management strategies to enhance their work. The award is based on a new publication from Future Problem Solving, the Guide to Project Management Implementation in Community Problem Solving.

Competitors prepare their project management documentation to submit to judges for consideration. Students participating in community projects are encouraged to submit for the Excellence in Project Management award, so they can be recognized for attaining new skills.

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Future Problem Solving and Project Management Institute Education Foundation present the Excellence in Project Management Award to community problem solving projects. Awards are presented to one project in each division (2024 is the inaugural year).


1. Project information

Students complete a table of information about their project, including a 100 word summary of their project.

2. Stakeholder list

Students create a list of all stakeholders that could impact the project or be impacted by the student work. 

3. Responsibility Matrix

In the RACI chart, a responsibility matrix, students mark which stakeholders are responsible, accountable, consulted, or informed in project deliverables. 

4. Team Canvas

Students create a one page representation of how the project team works together. The canva includes team values, rules, needs and expectations. 

5. Task Management Tool

Students choose whether to present a Kanban board or a work breakdown structure in their documentation. 

6. Reflection Tool

Students choose whether to present lessons learned or project retrospectives in their award documentation.


Judges use the Excellence in Project Management rubric to score student submissions. The rubric addresses each tool and the organization and format of the student submission. 

Each submission is considered by multiple judges. Each judge uses total points for each submission to determine the project’s rank. The first place submission in each division will receive an award.

While there are guidelines and descriptions of expectations, judging is based on subjective scoring. Because there is no single “right” answer, varying interpretations of student work are possible. It is the decision of each judge to determine the points that will be awarded for each section of a scoresheet.

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Executive Director

A seasoned educator, April Michele has served as the Executive Director since 2018 and been with Future Problem Solving more than a decade. Her background in advanced curriculum strategies and highly engaging learning techniques translates well in the development of materials, publications, training, and marketing for the organization and its global network. April’s expertise includes pedagogy and strategies for critical and creative thinking and providing quality educational services for students and adults worldwide.

Prior to joining Future Problem Solving, April taught elementary and middle grades, spending most of her classroom career in Gifted Education. She earned the National Board Certification (NBPTS) as a Middle Childhood/Generalist and later served as a National Board Assessor for the certification of others. She was trained and applied the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Humanities, which helped widen the educational scope and boundaries beyond the U.S. In addition, April facilitated the Theory and Development of Creativity course for state level certification of teachers. She has also collaborated on a variety of special projects through the Department of Education.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and the University of South Florida with a master’s in Gifted Education, April’s passion is providing a challenging curriculum for 21st century students so they are equipped with the problem solving and ethical leadership skills they need to thrive in the future. As a board member in her local Rotary Club, she facilitates problem solving in leadership at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and earned her certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Edyth Bush Institute at Rollins College.