Each year, Pacific Educational Group recognizes educators, family, and community members who enthusiastically and unapologetically promote equity and racial justice in schools. Not only do these leaders engage, sustain, and deepen Courageous Conversation among a variety of constituencies, but they also inspire and mobilize others to create the climate and conditions for equitable schools that enable all children to achieve at their highest levels.
Asa G. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Achievement in Racial Equity
The Asa G. Hilliard award, the most prestigious Summit recognition, is presented to a leader whose racial equity achievements have had an immense impact on the cultural, social, and academic development of underserved student of color populations. Known for his cutting-edge work in culture-centered education for people of African ancestry, Dr. Hilliard’s relentless pursuit of truth, justice, and freedom was as pronounced as the depth of his spirituality, his love for his people, and his joy for his scholarship.
The Asa G. Hilliard Award recipient is distinguished in the following ways:
- Understands Self
- Nurtures Greatness in Others
- Confronts and Challenges Racism
Summit Leadership Award
The Leadership Award is presented to an administrator who skillfully and courageously establishes an equity/anti-racist culture and climate in schools that enables all staff and students, especially those of color, to feel their power and achieve at higher levels.
The Leadership Award recipient is distinguished in the following ways:
- Passionate about transformational leadership at the personal, professional, and organizational level
- Practices are strategic, equity-focused, mission-driven, and results-oriented
- Persistent in the pursuit of racial justice in schools.
Summit Learning & Teaching Award
The Learning & Teaching Award is presented to a classroom teacher who demonstrates radically innovative, culturally relevant instruction that engages all students, and especially, promotes the highest achievement of underserved student of color populations.
Learning & Teaching Award recipients are distinguished in the following ways:
- Practice radically innovative, culturally relevant instruction; models action research and on-going learning; and are able to indicate expertise and the humility to continue learning and growing
- Passionate about engaging students in courageous conversations and courageous learning, and strive to be leaders for achieving
racial equity in the classroom
- Persistent in the relentless pursuit of the highest priority of transforming instruction so that it meets the needs of underserved student of color populations.
Summit Community Empowerment Award
The Community Empowerment Award is presented to a family member or local leader who effectively brokers collaboration — focused on racial equity — between and among community members and their schools.
The Community Empowerment Award recipient is distinguished in the following ways:
- Passionate about the welfare of children
- Achieves equity through broad-based community engagement and practices that promote partnerships and collaboration both within and across agencies
- Persistent in the relentless pursuit of the highest priority goal of transforming the relationship between schools, families, and community organizations so that all children can excel academically, culturally, and socially, and feel nurtured and supported.
Summit Recognition Award (Honorable Mention)
Pacific Educational Group recognizes a number of educators, family, and community members whose extraordinary passion, practice, and persistence for leading Courageous Conversation, and whose work to achieve racial justice and educational equity, distinguishes them and inspires us to persevere in the work.2011 Award Recipients – San Francisco, CA 2012 Award Recipients – San Antonio, TX