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Springfield Renaissance School’s Lindsay Slabich Receives 2017 Klingenstein Teacher Award

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    April Hattori

Lindsay Slabich, founding teacher and EL Education lead teacher at The Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, MA has been named the 2017 recipient of the Klingenstein Teacher Award. 

On October 29th, Lindsay joined Lee Klingenstein, our Founding Board Chair, on stage at the EL Education 2017 National Conference in Chicago to receive the award. In accepting the honor, Lindsay shared inspiring words with an audience of 1200 educators and school leaders:

"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. 

Since EL Education began 25 years ago, its schools and its teachers have been doing just this—fighting for justice, building community, and teaching students to think critically through openness and dialogue.  I want to thank this network of schools, teachers, and beautiful people for enriching me as a human being.”

Each year, an outstanding member of the EL Education community is selected by a committee of peers to receive the Klingenstein Teacher Award. Honorees exemplify the spirit and values of EL Education.  The recipient receives a $5,000 prize and an invitation to lead a Master Class at our 2018 National Conference in Philadelphia.

In accepting this award, Lindsay reaffirms her commitment to build exemplary character, drive outstanding academic achievement, and instill an ethic of “citizen scholarship” as an EL Education teacher. Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher Nicole Ghaname of Springfield Renaissance School, had this to say about Lindsay:

“She has served as a model for what it means to be a strong, courageous, and inspiring human. All teachers in our school have a similar story of how Lindsay has lifted them up to embrace greater leadership and the EL Education culture. ”
Educators nominated for the Klingenstein Teacher Award: 

  • 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, in the classroom and throughout the school community; and
  • Model the value of "we are crew, not passengers" in their classroom and throughout the school - a founding principle of EL Education.

EL Education proudly recognizes and congratulates all finalists for the 2017 Klingenstein Teacher Award. All finalists, who are nominated by peers, stand out for their remarkable service to their school community, as well as their persistence in passionately developing students with character who excel academically and contribute to making the world a better place. Finalists for the 2017 Klingenstein Teacher Award are: 

  • Leah Plath: Four Rivers Charter Public School - Greenfield, MA
  • Geoff Schutte: Tapestry Charter School - Buffalo, NY
  • Abigail Sewall: Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School (MELS) - Queens, NY
  • Justine Thomas: Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) - New York, NY