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.

    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 award is sponsored by the Council and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company
    Edward Garner
    The 2021 Green-Garner award was presented to Marta Perez, board member for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. A member of the Miami-Dade County school board since 1998, Pérez has been an unwavering supporter of numerous initiatives, particularly in the areas of ethics and accountability, parental involvement, and wellness. She was instrumental in leading the Miami-Dade school board to adopt stronger ethics and accountability measures, including the establishment of the Inspector General position and the Ethics Advisory Commission, which resulted in the board receiving the National School Board Association Magna Award.