Award Year: 2019

Joseph J. Greenberg Elementary School

600 Sharon Lane
Philadelphia, PA, 19115-3527

(215) 400-3080

Ms. Gina Hubbard, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Philadelphia City School District

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The mission of the Joseph J. Greenberg Elementary School is to nurture the creative, empathy, and critical thinking skills essential to thriving in a changing global environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 48%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 28%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Students and an engineering challenge during STEAM-SA-TION Week at Greenberg.

Students and an engineering challenge during STEAM-SA-TION Week at Greenberg.

The Joseph J. Greenberg Elementary School is a k-8 neighborhood school located in Northeast Philadelphia that serves students from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The school strongly believes and practices doing "whatever it takes" to help all children grow academically and socially. This vital imperative has resulted in several teachers receiving the Lindback Outstanding Teacher Award and recognition as a top performing school in Philadelphia in 2018. None of these achievements are an accident but the result of intentionally incorporating varied instructional practices that resulted in improved performance results for students. These practices are alive in classrooms throughout the day and across grade levels.

A peek into a classroom is an opportunity to view students engaging in substantive classroom discussions on complex and varied themes. These conversations challenge students to think critically, share ideas, and appreciate the perspectives of others. Furthermore teachers facilitate learning in student-centered learning environments in which technology is integrated with traditional learning approaches. Technology is an essential tool for Blended Learning, a format that allows for the differentiation of learning. Online reading and math intervention programs scaffold learning and create individual learning pathways for students while the teacher provides targeted instruction to a small group of students based on similar needs. Two other significant practices are rostered professional learning communities that focus teachers on identifying weak standards to reteach and assess, and a rostered intervention period to support struggling students.