Best Practices In Public Education
A national award program is accepting nominations for the most collaborative public school principal. The winners in 25 school districts across the U.S. will earn a $5,000 grant for his or her school.
The 2008 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors In Education Award program will recognize school principals who are demonstrating their commitment to their school and the broader community. It recognizes exemplary school principals who:
- Build partnerships with community organizations, parents, and guardians;
- Resolve conflicts and promote safety in the school and the community; or
- Promote civic engagement and community service.
All middle and high school principals in the following public school districts are eligible:
- Atlanta Public Schools
- Baltimore City Public Schools
- Boston Public Schools
- Charlotte/Mecklenburg Public Schools
- Chicago Public Schools
- Dallas Independent Schools
- Dayton Public Schools
- Denver Public Schools
- Des Moines Public Schools
- Detroit Public Schools
- Fort Worth Independent Schools
- Greenville County Schools (South Carolina)
- Hartford Public Schools
- Long Beach Unified Schools
- Los Angeles Unified Schools
- Minneapolis Public Schools
- New York City Public Schools
- Oakland Unified Schools
- Philadelphia, School District of
- Saint Louis Public Schools
- San Antonio Independent School District
- San Francisco Unified Schools
- Tampa, School District of Hillsborough County
- Tulsa Public Schools
- Washington, D.C., District of Columbia Public Schools
“Principals play a crucial role in building family, school and community relationships to encourage successful teaching and learning,” said Sibyl Jacobson, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “The Ambassadors In Education Award recognizes educators who are exceptional leaders in connecting school and community.”
MetLife Foundation has recognized 90 Ambassadors In Education with more than $450,000 in grants since 2003. Each year, the Award alternates recognition between teachers and principals in public schools. Last year, the program recognized teachers. Each winner earns a $5,000 grant for their school to help it continue building community networks.
“MetLife Foundation and the National Civic League started the Ambassadors In Education Award program after the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher revealed a divide between many educators and their schools’ communities,” said National Civic League President Gloria Rubio-Cortes.
The Award is sponsored by MetLife Foundation, which was founded in 1976 by MetLife and supports programs that increase opportunities for young people to succeed, give students and teachers a voice in improving education, develop partnerships between schools and communities and strengthen relationships among parents, teachers and students. The National Civic League, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to community building and strengthening democracy, administers the program.
“This is a very important program for public schools,” said Gary Chandler, president and CEO of Crossbow Communications, the company that developed and launched the national award program. “Its reinforcing positive behavior by some great role models among all stakeholders. It’s been an honor to meet many of these local leaders.”