Nominations being solicited: 2013 Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters

Thu, 21 Feb 2013:

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Contact: Sharon Rubinstein, 212-870-3505, ext. 8, cell 703-901-7947, srubinstein@teachingmatters.org

Nominations being solicited: 2013 Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters

(New York, NY) – February 21st, 2013

For the third consecutive year, Teaching Matters will award the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters. Nominations can be made between March 1st and March 15th. Award recipients can come from any publicly funded K-12 schools in the New York metropolitan area (within a 100 mile radius of New York City).

The application and full criteria for the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize are available online at www.teachingmatters.org/Rohatyn_Prize. Teachers, parents, principals and network leaders are all encouraged to weigh in with names.

This annual $15,000 prize seeks to highlight school-based strategies that develop, retain and reward effective teachers. Research shows that teachers are the single-most important school-based factor for student success. The aim of the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize is both to honor schools dedicated to teacher
professional growth, and share replicable strategies to elevate student learning.

Last year, Rose Kerr, principal of the Staten Island School of Civic Leadership (R861), was awarded the 2012 prize for the school’s innovative “Triad Model”, a teacher effectiveness initiative that puts three teachers in charge of comprehensive instruction for two classrooms. This inventive initiative did not necessitate any additional funding to implement. Instead, it simply required reorganizing existing resources. Teaching Matters has been proud to feature the “Triad Model” and is looking forward to highlighting more exciting initiatives promoting teacher effectiveness that come to light in the 2013 Elizabeth Rohatyn prize applicant pool.