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02/06/2017

LINDBACK AWARD CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY AND REACHES OVER $3 MILLION IN AWARDS DONATED TO PHILADELPHIA’S BEST TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS

Applications for the Lindback Awards now open as the teacher award expands to all School District of Philadelphia teachers

PHILADELPHIA — In its tenth anniversary of honoring exemplary Philadelphia public teachers, The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation will exceed $3 million in awards granted and expand eligibility to more deserving teachers throughout The School District of Philadelphia.

This year 7 Lindback Awards for Distinguished Principal Leadership and 60 Lindback Awards for Distinguished Public Teachers will be given in recognition of educational excellence.  This marks a change as all teachers in The School District of Philadelphia will be eligible for the award, elementary through high school.  In years past the award was only given to high school teachers.

The Distinguished Principal Leadership Award is accompanied by a $20,000 stipend for the school community, while the Distinguished Public Teacher Award includes a $3,500 stipend.

“What we want to do is shine some light on teachers and principals doing some amazing things in our schools,” said Sheldon Bonovitz, Lindback Foundation Trustee. “No one enters this profession to receive an award, but it is important to honor these incredible principals and teachers for their commitment to our students.  Many teachers actually use their no-strings-attached stipends to help students in their classrooms, which adds to the profound impact they have had on their school communities.”

Since 2007 the Lindback Foundation has awarded 550 Distinguished Public Teacher Awards and 42 Distinguished Principal Awards and has granted nearly $2.7 million in awards during that time.

“We are fortunate in The School District to have exemplary leaders and teachers shaping the way our students learn both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia. “I thank the Lindback Foundation for continuing to make such a meaningful investment in our hardworking principals and teachers.”

Nominations for the principal award are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 and can be found online at https://goo.gl/forms/zUD3GIguzkYPSnCl2. Applications for the teacher award are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 10 and can be accessed at https://goo.gl/forms/MGlu3B1BRcm9qiHe2.

“Being recognized by the Lindback committee for the work we do at Science Leadership Academy was a powerful and humbling experience that I consider to be a highlight of my career,” said 2012 Lindback Principal Award winner Chris Lehmann, Principal of Science Leadership Academy.  “The gift from the committee supported the 1:1 laptop program at SLA in the following year and ensured that our innovation and technology-driven education could continue.”

ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN R. AND MARY F. LINDBACK FOUNDATION

The Foundation was initially established by a testamentary gift in trust under the will of Christian R. Lindback. The individual and corporate trustees were given broad discretion to support charitable purposes within the territorial United States. Educational goals and the support of distressed individuals in the City of Philadelphia through existing charitable organizations were given emphasis. The trustees have focused discretionary grant attention on the Greater Philadelphia area including South Jersey.

Since 1961, the foundation has been recognizing outstanding faculty members at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Currently 52 institutions of higher learning are participating in the program. Peruse the curriculum vitae of Lindback Award recipients and you will note that the award is mentioned proudly and prominently, attesting to the universal prestige associated with the honor.

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