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File #: 210398    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/29/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/6/2021
Title: Honoring and congratulating the Philadelphia High School for Girls Principal Lisa Mesi on winning a 2021 Lindback Award for Distinguished Principals.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21039800, 2. Signature21039800
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Honoring and congratulating the Philadelphia High School for Girls Principal Lisa Mesi on winning a 2021 Lindback Award for Distinguished Principals.

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WHEREAS, Lisa Mesi has been honored by receiving the Lindback Award for her exceptional work as the Principal of the Philadelphia High School for Girls; and

WHEREAS, For the 2020-2021 year, the Lindback Foundation will award 60 distinguished teachers and seven principals from Philadelphia public schools who demonstrate excellence in promoting learning at the highest levels; and

WHEREAS, The Lindback Distinguished Principal Award recognizes and rewards school principals who have made significant leadership and humanitarian contributions to his/her school community; and

WHEREAS, Lisa has served as principal of the Philadelphia High School for Girls (Girls' High) since 2019; and

WHEREAS, Over the summer of 2020, Lisa, along with community partners, designed a transition program for over 100 incoming students who did not meet the traditional academic admission standards but showed the promise to be a Girls' High student. This was the first program of its kind in the school's history; and

WHEREAS, Through this program, the participants scores in math improved by 32%, improved over 70% in English, and by an astounding 221% in science; and

WHEREAS, This summer transition program focused on the social and emotional wellbeing of these students, and taught and encouraged them to ask and advocate for themselves, instilling in them the confidence they needed as they progress in their academic careers; and

WHEREAS, Prior to her current work, Lisa served as Director of the New Principals' Academy at the School District of Philadelphia, transitioning novice leaders into their new roles as School District of Philadelphia principals through two years of ongoing coaching and professional development; and

WHEREAS, Lisa has also served as the principal of Alternative Middle Years (AMY) at James Martin from ...

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