Green Street Academy Principal Honored for Unwavering Commitment to Student Success

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Principal Crystal Harden-Lindsey of West Baltimore’s Green Street Academy is a 2017 Heart of the School honoree through the Baltimore Fund for Educational Excellence.

With more than five years of service to the West Baltimore area as principal of Green Street Academy, Crystal Harden-Lindsey has been awarded a 2017 Heart of the School Award. The award ceremony is hosted by the Fund for Educational Excellence in partnership with Baltimore City Schools and the local community. Ms. Harden-Lindsey is one of ten finalists who were honored at the ceremony at the Hippodrome Theater. Of the ten finalists, five have received the Heart of the School Award, which includes an $2,500 cash prize to support their school.

About the Fund for Educational Excellence

The Fund for Educational Excellence is a non-profit organization in operation since 1984. As the sole public education fund for the City of Baltimore, the Fund seeks to improve student achievement in Baltimore’s public schools. In additional to financial support and fundraising, the Fund provides technical assistance to districts, and supports advocacy and awareness of legislative issues affecting Baltimore schools. One of the Fund’s most prominent initiatives is their recent study, Our City Speaks: Community Voices on Baltimore Schools, designed to identify priority areas for improvement in Baltimore schools. The report synthesizes input from 859 participants across 55 Baltimore communities.
The Heart of the School Award

The selection process for the Heart of the School Award is a rigorous one. With 84 Baltimore principals nominated this year, the finalists have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to fostering a school environment that cultivates success and achievement for students, staff, parents, and the community as a whole. Some of Green Street Academy’s unique contributions include a food pantry and farmer’s market, as well as opening its doors for community suppers. Aside from innovative projects like these, Ms. Lindsey-Harden promotes and overall culture of success and inclusivity at Green Street. Says one member of the staff, “She loves us enough to praise us when we are doing great things and hold us accountable to our own greatness.”

Learn More About Green Street Academy

Green Street Academy is a non-profit charter school serving middle and high school students in West Baltimore. The school’s founders, Larry Rivitz and David Warnock, identified significant gaps in career and college readiness of youths attending local schools. They envisioned a school that would bridge this gap, in addition to serving as a community hub and anchor. In operation since 2010, Green Street emphasizes comprehensive career-readiness as well as traditional academic success. In addition to their academic coursework, students participate in entry-level project-based learning and build entrepreneurial skills.

To learn more about Green Street Academy, call (443) 642-2068 or contact Dan Schochor at dan.schochor(at)gmail(dot)com.

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