ST. PAUL, Minn. (Nov. 8, 2011) — Elona Street-Stewart, Chair of the Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Education, was the recipient of a Summit Community Empowerment Award for effectively brokering collaboration, focused on racial equity, between and among community members and their schools.
Street-Stewart was honored by the Pacific Educational Group at its third annual event, “Summit for Courageous Conversations,” which was held in San Francisco, CA., from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.
The Summit Community Empowerment Award is presented to those who are passionate about the welfare of children, who achieve equity through broad-based community engagement and for practices that promote partnerships within and across agencies.
Recipients are also dedicated to the highest priority goal of transforming the relationship between schools, families, and community organizations so that all children can excel academically, culturally and socially.
“Long before ‘closing the gap’ became a constant refrain in urban districts across the country, Ms. Street-Stewart was a persistent voice for all children,” Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva said.
“She has championed causes from board governance to parent and community engagement with the schools, but it is her advocacy on behalf of those communities who have historically not had a voice at the decision-making table which has had the most far-reaching impact on public education in the City of Saint Paul,” Silva continued.
Street-Stewart has served on the Board of Education since 2001. She is the first American Indian school board member to be elected in an urban district in Minnesota. She is the past chair and current member of the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP), the American Indian Family Center, and president of the national American Indian Alaska Native School Board Caucus.
The Summit was developed and organized by Pacific Educational Group, a San Francisco-based national training and consulting organization that works with school districts to address and eliminate racial educational disparities.