Teaching Matters Honors NYC Schools At 2018 Awards Luncheon
On Wed, July 17, Teaching Matters honored the finalists for the 2018 Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters Award at its annual awards luncheon.
This year the organization selected the following schools after an extensive application process: Chester Park Elementary School in Queens (PS 62) led by Principal Angela O’Dowd, Concourse Village Elementary School in the Bronx (PS 359) led by Principal Alexa Sorden, Grant Avenue Elementary School (PS 449) in the Bronx led by Principal Kristin Erat, Journey Prep School in the Bronx (PS 69) led by Principal Sheila Durant, and The Leadership and Community Service Academy in the Bronx (CIS 303) led by Principal Patricia Bentley.
This year’s Honorable Mention Schools include Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro, New Jersey led by Principal David Tankard, Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy in Brooklyn led by Principal Angela DeFilippis, PS 53 in Brooklyn led by Principal Heather Leykam, and Tabernacle Elementary School in Tabernacle, New Jersey led by Principal Gerald Paterson.
Teaching Matters was founded in 1994 by Elizabeth Rohatyn, driven by the belief that quality educators are the most important school-related factor in raising student achievement. In its eighth year, the Elizabeth Rohaytn Prize For Schools Where Teaching Matters Award is a $25,000 prize given to a public school that “advances opportunities for students by positioning teachers to lead, learn, and thrive.”
CSA President Mark Cannizzaro delivered the keynote address in which he reflected on his own experiences developing and promoting leadership among teachers when he was principal of Paulo Intermediate School in Staten Island (IS 75).
Vincent Gassetto, principal of The Academy of Applied Mathematics and Technology, MS 343 in the Bronx and winner of last year’s award presented this year’s prize to Principal Kristin Erat who praised her staff at PS 449 for the notable achievement. The funding will go toward stipends for model teachers to expand upon a new initiative in which they studied the National Council of Teachers Mathematics’s 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions, collaboratively planned lesson studies that applied these practices, and then shared material with their peers, leading to substantial gains in student progress.