2007-12-07 / Community

Seek 'Most Collaborative Principal'

A national award program is accepting nominations for New York City's most collaborative public school principal. The winner will earn a $5,000 grant for his or her school.

The 2008 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors In Education Program will recognize school principals who are demonstrating their commitment to their school and the broader community. It recognizes exemplary principals in New York City public schools 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 New York City public schools are eligible. Nominations for the 2008 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors In Education Award are due March 7, 2008. Nomination forms are available at www.ncl.org.

"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 Ambassadors In Education in New York City public schools since 2003. Each year, the Award alternates recognition between teachers and principals. Last year, the program recognized New York City's teachers. Previous award winners include:

Adam Stonehill, teacher, Townsend Harris High School; Howard A. Friedman, principal, Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day School; Peter Giles, teacher, Chelsea Vocational School; Colin Thomas, principal, Bronx Regional High School and Robert Frisch, teacher, Frank Sinatra School Of The Arts.

Each winner earned 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 in 2003 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.

MetLife Foundation and the National Civic League have recognized 90 Ambassadors In Education across the nation, with more than $450,000 in grants since 2003. The Award is sponsored by MetLife Foundation, which was founded in 1976 by Met- Life 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.

For more information about the Ambassadors In Education Award, including the profiles of past winners and their community-building activities, visit www.ncl.org/metlife/index. html.

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