Green-Garner AwardEach 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.
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 accepts the Green-Garner award at the Council's 61st Annual Fall Conference in Cleveland in 2017.
Richard R. Green Award Winners
1989 W. Harry Davis, Retired Member Minneapolis School Board 1990 Timothy Dyer, Superintendent Phoenix Union High School District James Griffin, Retired Member St. Paul School Board 1991 Paul Houston, Superintendent Tucson Unified School District 1992 Richard Wallace Jr., Superintendent
Pittsburgh Public Schools 1993 Constance Clayton, Superintendent School District of Philadelphia 1994 Holmes Braddock, Board Member Miami-Dade County Public Schools 1995 Curman Gaines, Superintendent St. Paul Public Schools 1996 James Williams, Superintendent Dayton Public Schools 1997 Maxine Smith, Retired Member Memphis City School Board 1998 Gerry House, Superintendent Memphis City Public Schools 1999 Rod Paige, Superintendent Houston Independent School District Judith Farmer, Board Member Minneapolis Public Schools 2000 Eric Smith, Superintendent Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 2001 Barbara Byrd Bennett, Superintendent Cleveland Municipal School District 2002 John Simpson, Superintendent Norfolk Public Schools 2003 Arthur Griffin, Board Member Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Franklin Till, Superintendent Broward County Public Schools 2004 Tom Payzant, Superintendent Boston Public Schools 2005 Anna Dodson, Board Member Norfolk Public Schools 2006 Beverly Hall, Superintendent Atlanta Public Schools 2007 Elizabeth Reilinger, Board Member Boston Public Schools 2008 Pascal Forgione, Superintendent Austin Independent School District 2009 Emmet Johnson, Board Member Atlanta Public Schools 2010 Arlene Ackerman, Superintendent School District of Philadelphia 2011 Candy Olson, Board Member Hillsborough County Public Schools 2012 Carol Johnson, Superintendent Boston Public Schools 2013 Denise Link, Board Member Cleveland Metropolitan School District 2014 Terry Grier, Superintendent Houston Independent School District 2015 William (Bill) Isler, Board Member Pittsburgh Public Schools 2016 Eric Gordon, CEO Cleveland Metropolitan School
2017 Felton Williams, Board Member Long Beach Unified School District