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Klingenstein Award

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.” 

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

  • 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

Who is eligible?

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

Nomination

Nominations for the 2018 Klingenstein Teacher Award are now closed. 

The award will be presented at the EL Education 2018 National Conference in Philadelphia, November 9-11.

Questions?

For additional questions, please email awards@eleducation.org.


The Klingenstein Teacher Award is made possible by Lee Klingenstein, EL Education’s Founding Board Chair. 

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