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Klingenstein Teacher Award

Celebrating great teaching

The Klingenstein Teacher Award is presented annually 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.” 

Nominations for the 2019 Klingenstein Teacher Awards are now closed. 

Klingenstein Teacher Award: Criteria and Guidelines

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.

Award

  • A cash prize of $5,000
  • An invitation to attend the EL Education 2019 National Conference on October 17-19 in Atlanta, GA, with all expenses paid, to receive the award 
  • An opportunity to present a Master Class at a future National Conference

Who is eligible?

All teachers whose schools are in active partnership with EL Education, whether a network school or literacy curriculum partnership. 

How do I nominate a teacher?

Using the form below, please submit the following: 

  • Nomination Letter explaining how your nominee exemplifies the award criteria. Strong nomination letters include specific evidence for each criteria. Letters should be 1-2 pages and signed by at least 2 teachers.
  • Supporting artifact that further illustrates the nominee's qualifications, such as: student work; parent/student testimonials; a video of classroom practice; curriculum; an article from local media; etc. 

Self-nominations are not permitted.

Questions? Please email awards@eleducation.org.

About the Award

The Klingenstein Teacher Award is made possible by Lee Klingenstein, Founding Chair of the EL Education Board of Directors.

Past Recipients

2018: Annie Holyfield, Joe Shoemaker School, Denver, CO

2018: Annie Holyfield, Joe Shoemaker School, Denver, CO

2017: Lindsay Slabich, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA

2017: Lindsay Slabich, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA

2016: Chris Dolgos, Genesee Community Charter School, Rochester, NY

2016: Chris Dolgos, Genesee Community Charter School, Rochester, NY

2015: Jon Exall, Odyssey School, Denver, CO

2015: Jon Exall, Odyssey School, Denver, CO

2014: Beth Mowry, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (BCS), Brooklyn, NY

2014: Beth Mowry, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (BCS), Brooklyn, NY

2013: Merry Byles-Daly, Grass Valley Charter School, Grass Valley, CA

2013: Merry Byles-Daly, Grass Valley Charter School, Grass Valley, CA