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Klingenstein Award

The Klingenstein Award, created by EL Education’s Founding Board Chair Lee Klingenstein, is given to an exemplary EL Education teacher who is judged by his or her peers to have most successfully transmitted to students the essence of EL Education culture: building exemplary character, driving outstanding academic achievement, and instilling an ethic of “citizen scholarship.” 

The nominated teacher should:

  • Instill in students a desire to learn, take responsibility for their own education and achieve good academic results;
  • Inspire students' participation in good citizenship in its broader sense, as well as inside the classroom, in the school and as part of the greater community; and
  • Model the value of "we are crew, not passengers," in their classroom and school.

Prizes

The recipient of the Klingenstein Teacher Award receives:

  • A cash prize of $5,000
  • An invitation to attend the EL Education National Conference, with all expenses paid, to receive the award 
  • An opportunity to present a Master Class at a future National Conference

Nominate someone for the award!

Your letter should be 1-2 pages long and signed by 2 or more teachers. In your letter, please explain how your nominee meets the award criteria: Instilling in students a desire to learn, take responsibility for their own education and achieve good academic results, Inspiring students’ participation in good citizenship in its broader sense, as well as inside the classroom, in the school and as part of the greater community and Modeling the value of “We are Crew, not passengers,” in his or her classroom and school
We recommend sharing an artifact that further illustrates the nominee’s qualifications. Examples of artifacts include, but are not limited to: student work student/parent testimonials, a video of classroom practice, an article from local media or curriculum.

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2017 Klingenstein Award Winner

Lindsay Slabich of The Springfield Renaissance School reaffirms her commitment to build exemplary character, drive outstanding academic achievement, and instill an ethic of “citizen scholarship” as an EL Education teacher.

"When we hold our deepest convictions together with compassion and openness towards others, we are fundamentally human. When we ask questions with curiosity, and listen closely, not to disagree, but to connect, and understand, then we reach our potential as humans." Lindsay Slabich , Founding teacher and EL Education lead teacher at The Springfield Renaissance School

Previous Winners

2016: Chris Dolgos, Genesee Community Charter School
2016: Chris Dolgos, Genesee Community Charter School
2015: Jon Exall, Odyssey School of Denver
2015: Jon Exall, Odyssey School of Denver
2014: Beth Mowry, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
2014: Beth Mowry, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
2013: Merry Byles-Daly, Grass Valley Charter School
2013: Merry Byles-Daly, Grass Valley Charter School

Nomination and Selection Process

Submit your nomination

Submit your nomination with a letter of support, no more than two pages in length, that explains how the teacher exemplifies the award criteria is required. Letters must be signed by two or more teachers. Submissions are accepted from May 14 - June 11, 2018

Notification

All nominees for the award are notified during the week of June 18, 2018.

EL Evaluation

Four teachers from school partners evaluate all the nominations from June 12 - 27, 2018.

Letters of Support

Letters of support for the finalists are requested from school leaders from June 28 - July 20, 2018.

Peer Evaluation

A committee of peers selects the award recipient from July 23 - September 7, 2018.

Notification of Winners

All winners of the award are notified the week of September 10, 2018.

Award Presentation

The award is presented at the EL Education National Conference on November 9, 2018.

Nominate someone for the award!

Your letter should be 1-2 pages long and signed by 2 or more teachers. In your letter, please explain how your nominee meets the award criteria: Instilling in students a desire to learn, take responsibility for their own education and achieve good academic results, Inspiring students’ participation in good citizenship in its broader sense, as well as inside the classroom, in the school and as part of the greater community and Modeling the value of “We are Crew, not passengers,” in his or her classroom and school
We recommend sharing an artifact that further illustrates the nominee’s qualifications. Examples of artifacts include, but are not limited to: student work student/parent testimonials, a video of classroom practice, an article from local media or curriculum.

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