Oakland Middle School Principal Receives National Educator Leadership Award

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Roosevelt Middle School Principal Cliff Hong has served his staff, students, families, and partners since 2010. In the spring of 2018, Hong’s leadership and commitment to his community were recognized by the Coalition for Community Schools, which is based in Washington, D.C. He was awarded an Educator Leadership Award that reflects the extensive work he has done to create a strong alignment between the school’s academic programs and community school partnerships.

The Educator Leadership Award is given to those who have partnered to work across boundaries of race, class, religion, institutions, disciplines, and programs to advance youth by bringing a multitude of services into schools and their communities. Hong has dedicated himself to responding to the unique needs of his neighborhood and members. Making sure that the students not only in his school but in his community are college, career, and civic ready.

Roosevelt Middle School has made progress on academic, social-emotional, and civic student outcomes, including by lowering the chronic absenteeism rate to 6.5 percent and decreasing suspensions.

Hong said, "This award is an indicator that we are succeeding at building a school where students and families feel cared for. And it puts extra wind in our community's sails as a confirmation of our good work."

The award has motivated him to work harder in hope of creating a school where every student becomes a creative community leader.