Teaching Matters to Award $25,000 to NYC School Advancing Equity in Education

by Editorial Team

2020 Rohatyn Prize

NEW YORK, NY, January 21, 2020Teaching Matters, a leader in the national movement to advance education equity, opened applications for its ninth annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters this week.

The prize is an annual $25,000 award given to a public school within a 100-mile radius of New York City. For the first time in its nine year history, the award will be given to a school that demonstrates excellence in advancing educational equity. The recognized initiative will provide evidence of how students are learning and thriving, regardless of who they are or where they live.

Each year, more than 100 public schools enter to win the prize. Named after Teaching Matters’ founder, Elizabeth Rohatyn, the prize is awarded to a public school that advances opportunities for students by positioning teachers to lead, learn, and thrive. The prize committee, made up of educators and non-profit professionals, will select the winning school out of a group of 10 semi-finalists. 

Award-winning schools are those that commit to ensuring equity by providing a culturally responsive and sustaining education and through which educators create environments that affirm racial, linguistic and cultural identities. Doing so prepares students for rigorous independent learning while elevating their voices as agents of social change.

Examples of initiatives that qualify schools for the award could be implementation of teaching strategies that adapt to diverse learning styles, project-based learning on social justice issues, creation of inclusive curriculum and assessment, and more. Principals representing public schools who are taking on these kinds of initiatives are encouraged to apply by May 1, 2020.

“Equity-focused education ensures that all students have an equal chance to succeed. We are pleased to announce another year of the Rohatyn Prize to recognize forward-thinking schools and to help fund the future of culturally responsive sustaining education,” said Lynette Guastaferro, Chief Executive Officer of Teaching Matters.

Winners of the Rohatyn Prize will be announced on July 14, 2020. A luncheon will be hosted at the Harvard Club in New York City, where Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will be the keynote speaker. The winning school will receive $25,000 to go toward continuing or expanding a school-based equity initiative that is already underway, and funds may be applied to staffing, consultants, release or common planning time, software, hardware, or other resources that further this important work.