Lindback Applications for SY 2023-2024 Are Now Open!

Posted on November 7, 2023
Categories: School Announcements

I am happy to announce that nominations are now open for the 2023-2024 Lindback Award for Distinguished Principals and Teachers. I’ve said this before, and I will say it again because the research is very clear – a principal’s impact on student achievement is second only to that of the highly qualified teachers that they lead. Schools are units of change, and those who lead in school offices and classrooms deserve our recognition! We eagerly anticipate the Lindback awards this year, and the opportunity to recognize seven principals and 60 outstanding teachers for their dedication to our students.

Since 2011, the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation of Philadelphia has been rewarding school principals and teachers with the presentation of the Lindback Award, a special honor recognizing educators who have made significant leadership and humanitarian contributions to their school communities and, in alignment with the School District’s commitment to anti-racism, have a demonstrated record of cultivating prosperity and liberation for all students and staff members of their respective communities. The Principal Award is accompanied by a $20,000 stipend for use in the school community, while the Teacher Award includes a $3,500 stipend.

Nominations for the principal award are due by noon on Friday, January 12, 2024, while applications for the teacher award are due by noon on Monday, February 12, 2024. I encourage you to share this information with parents, students, Home and School Associations, School Advisory Councils, and related groups or consider making a nomination yourself. You can find more information about awards, guidelines and application materials required at Please read the information carefully to ensure all required materials are included when submitting an application.

The ceremony honoring Lindback Award-winning principals is Tuesday, April 16, 2024, and the ceremony honoring Lindback Award-winning teachers is Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Both ceremonies will take place in-person. More details will be forthcoming.

If you have any questions please contact


Tony B. Watlington Sr., Ed.D.
The School District of Philadelphia