Harlem’s Geoffrey Canada Awarded Medal for Education Impact

Following an Askwith Forum at the end of March, Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, will be the second person to be awarded the highest possible honor given by the Harvard Graduate School of Education – the Medal for Education Impact.

The medal is awarded to a person who has made a lasting difference on the lives of students across the nation. Canada will receive the honor for his work in the struggling New York City district, reports the Harvard News Editor.

Dean Kathleen McCartney said:

“For his tireless efforts to strengthen families and to improve outcomes for thousands of children as President and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, we are thrilled to award the second Harvard Graduate School of Education Medal for Education Impact to Geoffrey Canada.

“Geoff’s vision for providing comprehensive education, social services, and community-building programs for the families and children who need them most has drawn national attention. He is an inspiration to all of us who believe that all children have the right to an excellent education, regardless of their zip codes.”

The Medal for Education Impact honors practitioners, policymakers, and researchers who are dedicated to education opportunity, achievement, and success for all children.

Canada has been recognized for his work at the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), a nonprofit geared toward helping low-income children and families in New York City. The organization currently serves more than 13,000 children and adults in its charter schools, preschools, afterschool programs, parenting education, and employment and technology centers.

Canada spoke about the award:

“To be chosen for this medal by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, which has had such a profound impact on my life and on education reform across the nation, is a deeply felt honor.”

A 2004 New York Times Magazine story called the organization “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time.” In 2005 Canada was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report.

The medal celebration for Canada, who has the McGraw Prize for Education, Robin Hood Foundation’s Heroes of the Year Award, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the first Heinz Award, and the 2008 HGSE Alumni Council Award, is a ticketed event.

Those wanting to attend can enter a raffle for tickets via the Ed School page on Facebook.