Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize
New York-based principal Erica Zigelman has worked to improve education in the city for decades. Principal Erica Zigelman was recently honored as a semi-finalist in the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters, an award for innovative and successful educators.
Each year, Teaching Matters presents the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters, an award recognizing schools that provide the best support for their teachers. Instead of recognizing specific achievement goals, test scores, or fiscal accomplishments, this award honors schools that attract and support truly great teachers. Applicants submit overviews of the groundbreaking work going on in their schools and evidence of the ways they are furthering effective teaching.
These submissions are evaluated based on how well they support student learning, facilitate effective teaching, and promote growth and leadership. Winners are selected by a prize committee in conjunction with a vote by the public at large. A $25,000 award is given to the winning public school.
New York Academy of Public Education
Erica Zigelman is the principal of Middle School 322 with the New York City Department of Education. In addition to her work as a principal, Erica Zigelman is a member of the Lower Hudson Council of Administrative Women in Education and the New York Academy of Public Education (NYAPE).
Founded in 1912, NYAPE is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the improvement of urban public and private education. Since its inception, NYAPE has expanded its efforts to provide resources for professionals in the education field.
In addition to a journal and newsletter, NYAPE maintains a list of resources intended to assist principals with their job responsibilities. The organization also posts grant opportunities and resources on its website. Additionally, NYAPE provides links to access school progress reports and professional development via the New York City Department of Education. These resources combine to assist in furthering the organization’s goal of increasing the quality of public education.
Essential Allies Challenge
Erica Zigelman, a principal within the New York Department of Education, recently saw her school MS322 included as a semifinalist of the Essential Allies Challenge, which is part of iZone, an office that helps school communities create personalized classrooms to further college and career preparedness in students. Principal Erica Zigelman and her institution earned a grant of $10,000 to continue developing the school’s future state design.
The goal of the Essential Allies Challenge is to help students become more engaged in their learning, which is important to their lifelong success. To make this possible, programs under iZone create new learning models complete with tools and practical application approaches for daily life in and out of the classroom. The organization also allows teachers and students to gain access to improved tools, which network developers and educators in useful collaborations.
One of these programs is called Blended Learning, an educational method that unites teachers and their instruction with technology. This program is used in more than 250 schools in the United States to help students think critically about the new opportunities and new challenges that come with technology. It is important for students to learn how technology is able to support interactions with meaningful data. The purpose is to welcome critical consumers in the technology market, developing their innovation and problem-solving skills.