Green-Garner Award

  • Richard Green Each year at its annual Fall Conference, the Council presents a board member or superintendent with the Green-Garner Award, the nation's highest urban education honor recognizing outstanding contributions in urban education and named in memory of urban school leaders Richard R. Green and Edward Garner.

    Sponsored by the Council, ARAMARK Education and Scholastic, Inc., the Green-Garner Award is the namesake of the first African American chancellor of the New York City school system and a businessman and former school board president of the Denver Public Schools, respectively.

    Edward Garner The 2017 winner of the Green Garner award was Felton Williams, a school board member from California’s Long Beach Unified School District. Williams has been on the Long Beach Board of Education for more than 13 years, serving multiple terms as president and vice president of the 75,000-student school system's policymaking body. He has led efforts to improve student academic performance, including the planning of the district's Academic and Career Success Initiative. He developed a program to increase the number of students of color pursuing Advanced Placement courses and exams, and recommended adoption of an ethnic studies program in partnership with California State University, Long Beach. The former college dean is also the immediate past chair of the Council of the Great City Schools' Board of Directors. Click here to read the press release. 

    Felton Williams
    Felton Williams accepts the Green-Garner award at the Council's 61st Annual Fall Conference in Cleveland in 2017.