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Genesee Community Charter School Principal Lisa Wing Receives 2015 Silverberg Leadership Award

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    Alexis Margolin

New York – November TK, 2015 - EL Education has announced that Dr. Lisa Wing, Principal of Genesee Community Charter School (GCCS) in Rochester, NY, has received the Silverberg Leadership Award in recognition of her leadership and management skills that have resulted in the successful implementation of EL Education pedagogy and culture. She received the award at EL Education’s National Conference in San Diego last week.

The Silverberg Leadership Award, created by EL Education Board Member and Treasurer Irwin Silverberg, is given to an exemplary school leader who has impacted student achievement outcomes through deep implementation of EL Education practices. The award comes with a $5,000 cash prize and an invitation to present a workshop at the 2016 National Conference.

In accepting the award, Dr. Wing noted that “our work matters when we teach children that their work matters, and that they have voices they can raise up to change the world.”

She added that EL Education expeditions contribute to this work, noting that they provide “tasks and experiences that have meaning and purpose, and that require perseverance and collaboration in addition to basic skills. Expeditions make possible those little moments that tell us we’re really making a difference in children’s lives that will endure long after the cymbal clash of test scores fades.”

GCCS teachers who nominated Dr. Wing praised her commitment to her staff and students. “Whether it is a kindergartener needing to practice socialization skills, a third grader tackling fractions concepts, or a sixth grader working on script for her final portfolio presentation of the year, Dr. Wing makes a point of being involved in the lives of our students and instilling in them a culture of quality and high expectations,” they wrote.

A GCCS parent added: “Dr. Wing has my deepest gratitude for daring to dream something as bold and enduring as GCCS,” demonstrating “commitment to leadership in education in the face of great odds.”

The other finalists for the 2015 Silverberg Leadership Award were:

David Anderson
Maria C. Colon Sanchez Elementary School
Hartford, CT

Joe Gawronski
Polaris Expeditionary Learning School
Ft. Collins, CO

Suzanne Gregg
Anser Charter School
Garden City, ID

Bill Haithcock
Harborside Academy
Kenosha, WI

Audrey Hazleton
Glenwood Springs Elementary School,
Glenwood Springs , CO

Jeff Heyck-Williams
Two Rivers Public Charter School
Washington, D.C.

David Manahan
Sierra Expeditionary Learning School
Truckee, CA

David O’Hara
Leaders School
Brooklyn, NY

Derek Pierce
Casco Bay High School
Portland, ME

Brian Rodda
Fox Creek Elementary School
Highlands Ranch, CO

Curtis Semana
Beaverton Health & Science School
Beaverton, OR

Sheelarani Webster
World of Inquiry #58
Rochester, NY

Julie Younghee
Beaverton Health & Science School
Beaverton, OR

About Genesee Community Charter School
Genesee Community Charter School is an EL Education Credentialed and Mentor School, achieving mastery in three areas powerfully associated with college and career success: academic knowledge and skills, strong character and high-quality student work. GCCS provides a rich educational experience that values intellectual rigor, respect for diversity, and community responsibility. Its local history-based and globally-connected program immerses its diverse population of children in investigation and discovery, extensively using the cultural and natural resources of their community. It nurtures children's natural abilities to be reflective questioners, articulate communicators, critical thinkers, and skilled problem solvers, enabling them to reach exemplary standards.