Relive the learning from the 2019 EL Education National Conference.

Silverberg Leadership Award

Celebrating great leadership

The Silverberg Leadership Award is presented annually to a school leader who has successfully impacted student achievement outcomes through a deep implementation of EL Education practices, inspiring teachers, administrative staff, and students to embrace EL Education culture and to lead students to a superior education, enhanced character development, and sense of civic responsibility.

Bill Haithcock, Harborside Academy, receives the 2019 Silverberg Leadership Award.

The nomination cycle for the 2020 Silverberg Leadership Award will open in March 2020.

Silverberg Leadership Award: Criteria and Guidelines

The nominated leader should:

  • Unite staff, students, and the broader community around an inspirational vision of student success rooted in EL Education’s three dimensions of student achievement;
  • Engage their school community in continuous improvement to fulfill the vision;
  • Cultivate a professional culture among adults that parallels the empowering culture they foster for students;
  • Build the leadership capacity of others and empower them to lead improvement across the school;
  • Respect teachers and other staff members as creative agents and support them as professionals continually seeking to improve their craft; and
  • Ensure high-quality instruction through adequate allocation of resources and supporting structures so that all students excel.

Award

Who is eligible?

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

How do I nominate a leader?

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: parent/student testimonials; school climate surveys; curriculum; an article from local media etc. 

Self-nominations are not permitted.

Questions? Please email awards@eleducation.org.

About the Award

The Silverberg Leadership Award is made possible by Irwin Silverberg, Treasurer of the EL Education Board of Directors. 

Past Recipients

2019: Bill Haithcock, Harborside Academy, Kenosha, WI

2019: Bill Haithcock, Harborside Academy, Kenosha, WI

2018: Laina Cox, Middle School Principal, Capital City Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.

2018: Laina Cox, Middle School Principal, Capital City Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.

2017: Michelle Navarre, Polaris Charter Academy, Chicago, IL

2017: Michelle Navarre, Polaris Charter Academy, Chicago, IL

2016: Derek Pierce, Casco Bay High School, Portland, ME

2016: Derek Pierce, Casco Bay High School, Portland, ME

2015: Lisa Wing, Genesee Community Charter School, Rochester, NY

2015: Lisa Wing, Genesee Community Charter School, Rochester, NY

2014: Thabiti Brown, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Dorchester, MA

2014: Thabiti Brown, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Dorchester, MA