Teaching Matters to announce Rohatyn winner at July 20th event

Award goes to school promoting teacher effectiveness, learning, leadership

Contacts: Sharon Rubinstein, srubinstein@teachingmatters.org212-870-3505 ext. 8703-901-7947; Michael Bruno, mbruno@teachingmatters.org212-870-3501

What: At its 6th annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters award luncheon, Teaching Matters will honor an area school demonstrating exemplary practices that further teacher capacity and effectiveness. The winner, announced at the event, receives $25,000 to advance opportunities for students by positioning teachers to lead, learn and thrive.

The original pool of applicants came from within a 100-mile radius of the New York metropolitan area, and included entrants from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. A team of judges chose the ten semi-finalists, and the ten were narrowed to five finalists by public voting.  The finalists are from Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens: 

  1. Abraham Lincoln High School, Brooklyn, NY. Principal Ari A. Hoogenboom.

  2. IS 5 - Walter H. Crowley School of Leadership, Queens, NY. Principal Kelly Nepogoda.

  3. MS 137 - America’s School of Heroes, Ozone Park, NY. Principal Laura Mastrogiovanni.

  4. PS 9 - Manhattan, NY. Principal Katherine Witzke.

  5. Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science, Bronx, NY. Principal David Krulwich.

Video clips of the finalists’ work will be shown. Superintendent Michael Nagler of Nassau County’s Mineola public schools will give this year’s keynote address.  

When: July 20, 2016, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Where: The Harvard Club of New York City, 35 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Who: Michael Nagler, Superintendent of Mineola public schools; former Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize recipients and current finalists; metro area educators; selection committee members Antonio Freitas, Deputy Director, Early Childhood Division, Children’s Aid Society; Karen DeMoss, ‎Director, Sustainable Funding Project at Bank Street College of Education; Paul Kehoe, teacher at MS 250/West Side Collaborative; Regina Tottenham, Principal, the Brooklyn Transition Center, P373K, 2015 Rohatyn Prize winner; and Teaching Matters’ staff.

Why: Teaching Matters believes in the transformative power of leadership deeply focused on teaching and learning. Therefore, we use the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize to both expand awareness of effective practices at schools, and to support initiatives that can make a difference in teacher and student success.


Teaching Matters is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness, one of the most critical factors in student success. Our services transform how educators work together at urban public schools, helping the most effective teachers develop the skills they need to lead their peers and drive school-wide improvement. We also partner with school leadership to create a work environment that equips teachers to succeed in the classroom. From nearly 20 years of working in New York City’s public schools, we’ve developed an understanding of realistic and lasting ways to improve student outcomes, and we’re committed to real, measurable results. Visit www.teachingmatters.org to learn more about how we’re making a difference for students and teachers at public schools.


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