Andrew Jackson Elementary's Principal Wins Award

Mon, 01/04/2016

Lisa Kaplan, Principal at Andrew Jackson Elementary School has been awarded the 2015 Escalante--Gradillas $20,000 Prize for Best in Education. 

"Winners of the Escalante-Gradillas prize exemplify the commitment to learning, discipline, character-building, and high expectations that characterized Garfield High School when Jaime Escalante taught there and Henry Gradillas was its principal."

Lisa has won a $10,000 prize for herself and another $10,000 for Andrew Jackson Elementary.

In 2012, soon after Lisa became the principal at Andrew Jackson Elementary, Theatre Exile began a partnership with the school through our education program, Paper Wings. Paper Wings uses theatre techniques to help raise self-esteem and expand each student’s skill set to hem them communicate better, improve their conflict resolution skill and let them feel empowered in their world.

At the end of our 2012-2013 season the students at Andrew Jackson submitted their final play, Shattered, to the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival, and won 2nd place in the middle school division against the 750 students who submitted their plays.  In 2013-14 season the students won first place in the same division for their play Pivot

The students are encouraged to write about their world, and to discover their voices through the art of theatre. The work of the students culminates in individual monologues and a performance of the play that they write together.

Students recently performed in the annual presentation of their monologues, presented at Studio X on Monday, December 14th and Tuesday, December 15th.

Congratulations to Lisa and Andrew Jackson Elementary School.

Read the full article about Lisa Kaplan and the Escalante—Gradillas Prize for Education here: http://www.thebestschools.org/special/2015-best-in-education-prize-winner/