Philip H. Gordon Legacy Award

EdVestors is proud to salute our late co-founder, Philip H. Gordon, for his many contributions to the field of urban education and philanthropy through the Philip H. Gordon Legacy Award. The annual Award recognizes an important school improvement effort that will help level the playing field in education so that every student has the chance to succeed.

Past Winners

2018 Award Winner: Haitian Kreyol Dual Language Program, Mattahunt Elementary School

The now renamed Toussaint Louverture Acamedy at the Mattahunt Elementary School was chosen as the 2018 award winner. With the launch of Boston’s and the nation’s first Haitian dual language program, the teachers and staff at the Mattahunt Elementary School are tackling the challenges associated with developing a new curriculum and materials in the Haitian language. Dual language programs support early literacy development in a child’s native language, creating a foundation for later bi-literacy while building academic knowledge in both English and the student’s native language. The launch of the Haitian dual language program serves as a model for the curriculum, materials, staffing, and professional development needed to grow additional dual-language programs in other languages, an explicit goal of Boston Public Schools.

2017 Award Winner: DIY Coaching at Boston Collegiate Charter School, Jeremiah E. Burke High School and Match Community Day Charter School 

The DIY Coaching Project at Boston Collegiate Charter School, Jeremiah E. Burke High School and Match Community Day Charter School was chosen to receive the 2017 award.  In the DIY Coaching pilot, teachers use video to evaluate their own teaching and provide constructive feedback to their colleagues with the goal of collectively improving their practice and increasing student engagement and learning.  The DIY Coaching Project is currently recruiting math and science K-12 teachers in Boston to participate in their professional learning program for SY2017-18.

2016 Award Winner: Restorative Practices, ABCD at Dorchester Academy

2015 Award Winner: English Language Learner Acceleration Clinic, Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary School

2014 Award Winner: Competency-Based Learning, Boston Day and Evening Academy