The Fifth Annual "Golden Dot" Awards
We are proud to welcome and celebrate Green Dot educators and staff who are transforming the landscape of public education. This year’s Golden Dot Awards (aka “The Dotties”) will take place at the Guerin Pavilion at the Skirball Cultural Center on Saturday, March 18, 2017.
The Golden Dot Awards 2016
About the Awards
Green Dot Public Schools’ Golden Dot Awards recognizes educators and staff who are transforming the landscape of public education.
Golden Dot Awards are given to staff who exemplify Green Dot’s Core Values. The night’s awardees will be drawn from our more than 1300 inspiring teachers, staff and administrators who serve Green Dot’s more than 13,500 students. As a result of the dedicated work of the entire Green Dot team, last year we graduated more than 1,600 students, the most of any charter management organization in the country for the fourth year in a row.
95% of our graduates are accepted to college.
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Teacher of the Year
This award recognizes a classroom educator who best demonstrates one or more of Green Dot’s core values in their daily work. The award winner’s contributions to the school and families qualify them as deserving of this particular recognition. While educators throughout the Green Dot network regularly dedicate themselves to student achievement and our core values, this award honors those who are making a special difference.
Rising Star Teacher of the Year
This award recognizes a teacher who demonstrates tremendous potential as an educator and dedication to Green Dot’s mission. The award offers special recognition to teachers who are able to demonstrate significant growth, the capacity for continuous reflection, a passion for developing their craft, and a commitment to their school’s community.
Rookie Teacher of the Year
This award recognizes a first-year teacher who demonstrates tremendous potential as an educator and dedication to Green Dot’s mission. The award winner is a first year educator who succeeds in the classroom and in their support for student achievement. Educators throughout the Green Dot network regularly dedicate themselves to students and families, and doing so while also learning the ropes in a new profession is deserving of particular recognition.
Counselor of the Year
This award recognizes a school counselor who best demonstrates one or more of Green Dot’s core values in their work with students. The winning counselor provides exemplary academic and socio-emotional support. He/she equips students to navigate the college application process and inspires them to explore their post-graduation opportunities. This award honors the counselor's contributions to the student experience.
Principal of the Year
This award honors the principal who best embodies Green Dot’s core values in their work both inside and out of the classroom. The honoree supports the achievements of students and teachers, and Green Dot celebrates their multifaceted contributions. While principals throughout the Green Dot community demonstrate immense dedication to our mission, the award-winning principal operates at the highest level of leadership and commitment.
Assistant Principal of the Year
The award-winning Assistant Principal demonstrates exemplary dedication to the Green Dot core values in their work with students, school leaders and communities. The winner creates opportunities for success for their coworkers, and they facilitate achievement for students. This award celebrates their diligent and valuable work.
Classified or School Operations Employee of the Year
This award recognizes a Classified or School Operations Employee for their exceptional commitment to the well-being of their school and its students. The honoree embodies the Green Dot core values as they work to provide Green Dot students with dedicated care and support. Their efforts are deserving of particular recognition.
Home Office Employee of the Year
This award commends the exemplary diligence of the Home Office employee who supports Green Dot's mission in our efforts outside the classroom. The honoree works passionately to provide resources and support for our colleagues in schools in service of our shared goals. This award recognizes the winner's commitment to our communities.
An unwavering belief in all students’ potential
Green Dot truly believes that every student, whatever their circumstances, holds the innate potential to achieve their goals and succeed in college, leadership, and life. We acknowledge that the belief may often be challenged and tested—either by personal experience in the classroom or external societal pressures—but we are unwavering in our commitment to consistently approach every student not in terms of what they lack, but in terms of what is possible.
A passion for excellence
Good enough is never good enough. Green Dot’s success has only been possible through an ongoing commitment to learn, grow, and strive for excellence in everything we do. Self-reflection and an earnest desire to continually improve is an integral component of every level of the organization.
Green Dot respects the communities in which we work and the people who live in them. We are not saviors looking to rescue students from their communities, but nor are we naïve to the significant challenges that our communities face. We reject the concept of a universal ‘Culture of Poverty’; recognizing our students and their families as individuals, acknowledging their voices, and valuing their input into our work.
Respect for others in the community
Achieving excellence requires that we all take responsibility for our role in the success of students, colleagues, and the larger organization. Employees maintain a “no excuses” culture in which we push ourselves towards developing effective and sustainable solutions. But none of us do so alone: We rise together to meet the toughest challenges. Each of us actively plays a part in removing barriers to student success or, when possible, empowering our students to navigate such hurdles themselves.
All stakeholders are critical in the education process
Respecting stakeholders requires active listening and the inclusion of all voices. School leaders regularly engage teachers in decision-making through the creation of professional communities of practice. Community engagement teams nurture the political power of our parents to demand meaningful change in their neighborhoods. Schools build sustainable alliances with high-quality community partners to help remove barriers to student learning. Senior leadership challenge policymakers on the inequities of state funding. Across the organization, Green Dot consistently seeks to promote an environment of collaboration. We are more powerful together than we are alone: our individual impact is magnified in partnership.