Lindback Nomination FAQs

What is the Lindback Award for Distinguished Principals and Teachers?
Since 2011, Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation of Philadelphia has been recognizing and rewarding school principals and teachers who have made significant leadership and humanitarian contributions to his/her school community.

The Lindback Award for Distinguished Principals recognizes principals who:

  • dedicate their time and efforts to public service to benefit the school and community
  • demonstrate compassion for other humans by their acts of kindness
  • demonstrate high expectations and develop people within their schools and communities
  • ensure that conditions and incentives fully support teaching and learning to ensure all students are well prepared to succeed in the 21st century
  • creates an inclusive and diverse school community
  • have not won the award within a ten-year period

The Lindback Award for Distinguished Teachers recognizes teachers who:

  • create a positive, supportive learning environment to advance student proficiency in academic subjects, making learning relevant and fun
  • serve as a role model to students
  • establish trusting relationships with students, parents, guardians, and community members by being open and accessible for communication
  • motivate students to learn, explore and maximize their spirit of inquiry and critical thinking
  • demonstrate various instructional strategies to energize students in positive ways

When is the Lindback Award for Distinguished Principals application due? 

Applications are due by noon, Friday, February 12, 2021.

When is the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teachers application due? 

Applications are due by noon, Friday, March 12, 2021.

Can counselors be nominated for the Distinguished Teachers Lindback Award? 

Yes. Counselors are eligible if s/he teaches a rostered course for which students receive a grade.

Can School-Based Teacher Leaders (SBTL) be nominated for the Distinguished Teachers Lindback Award? 

Yes. If the SBTL is a teacher of record (teaches a rostered course for which students receive a grade directly from that teacher) for a minimum of 90 minutes each school day.

Who can Nominate a Principal?

Any individual can nominate a principal. To formally nominate a principal, schools are required to convene a school-based Lindback Award for Distinguished Principals nomination committee including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Two teachers (one of whom shall be a previous Lindback Distinguished Teacher winner, if applicable)
  • One parent (elementary schools only)
  • One student (high schools only)

What are the criteria for Principals?

Criteria for Principals include, but not limited to:

  • Enthusiasm for the success of each student that inspires and motivates others to invest in their time and talent in high-quality learning for all students
  • Engagement that supports families, demonstrates passion and kindness that builds unity and civic responsibility across staff, students, families, and community
  • Professional commitment to empowering staff in the development and successful implementation of initiatives that better serve students, staff, and the school.
  • Fostering an environment of mutual respect, appreciation  for differences, open communication and personal accountability for the success of all students
  • Empowering staff and other stakeholders to assume responsibility for making decisions regarding the school culture and student achievement.
  • Using robust systems to monitor progress towards goals, principal
    mobilizing others at the school to support the work; relevant supporting data included.

Who can Nominate a Teacher?

Any individual can nominate a teacher. To formally nominate a teacher, schools are required to convene a school-based Lindback Award for Distinguished Teachers nomination committee including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The principal
  • Two teachers (one of whom shall be a previous Lindback Distinguished Teacher Winner, if applicable)
  • One parent (elementary schools only)
  • One student (high schools only)

What are the criteria for Teachers?

Criteria for Teachers  include, but not limited to:

  • Creating a positive, supportive learning environment to advance student proficiency in academic subjects, making learning relevant and fun
  • Maintaining high expectations and data-informed instruction by using relevant data to inform instructional choices in the classroom
  • Proactively building authentic relationships with families and community members by prioritizing time for meaningful engagement at the school, in students’ homes, and in the community
  • Making a concerted effort to challenge negative attitudes or practices to ensure that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, are honored in the school
  • Promoting various approaches of pedagogy so that all students can achieve at high levels.
  • In addition, in order to be considered for the award, the teacher must be a teacher of record (teaches a rostered course for which students receive a grade directly from that teacher) for a minimum of 90 minutes each school day.

What are the nomination steps for Principals and Teachers?

The Nomination Review Committee will review a specific set of materials for each candidate. Visit our Nomination Process page for all the information you’ll need and access to the submission portal.

How will the Winner be Chosen?

A central committee of School District administrators and a Philadelphia Federation of Teachers representative will review and make the final selection for each winner.