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.
    This year the Green-Garner Award will be presented to the nation's top urban school board member. The deadline to apply for the award is September 24, 2021. Download the brochure. The application must be completed online at:
    Edward Garner
    The 2020 Green-Garner award was presented to Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District. A graduate of Dallas ISD, Hinojosa served six years at the helm of the nation's 14th largest school system before leaving in 2011. He returned for a second term as superintendent in 2015 and helped persuade voters to approve a $1.6 billion bond program, the district's largest in history. Under his leadership, the Dallas school system is making a steady rise in student achievement over the last three years. HIniojosa has also spearheaded an effort to increase internet access and connecticity, taking the lead in forming the "Operation Connectivty Task Force"," brining together North Texas K-12 technology officers, the Texas Urban Council of big-city superintendents and the Council to permantely solve the issue of connectivity at the state and national levels. He has also worked to increase the number of people of color and women in the district's leadership rank.