“My scholars meet weekly and have a voice. I am proud to say that they have worked to create a project that addresses and may help close the achievement gap at our school.” The students have also traveled to City Hall and met with the Mayor and other local elected officials.
“Next month, my scholars will tour Georgetown University and meet some of its current African American and Latino student leaders. The opportunity to connect the leaders of today with the leaders of tomorrow is priceless,” he added.
Another sign of his aptitude — Price was awarded the Milton Wolf Prize in teaching from Centropa, a Jewish historical institute based in Vienna, Austria. The funded recognition is given to a talented teacher who builds a lesson plan around the history of humanitarian aid in Sarajevo, where the Jewish community humanitarian aid society, La Benevolencija, opened their synagogue to their neighbors – Muslims, Serbs, Croats – to work together during the Bosnian war (1993-1995) to help one another survive.
“Jerome stood out for his intellectual curiosity about the relationship between educational institutions and student achievement,” said Toni King, associate professor of black studies. “He was always interested in what schools could do to help students overcome the achievement gap and he worked across both of his majors to answer those questions. Moreover, he was a bridge builder and peacemaker in everything he did.”
For Price, his work is part of an on-going effort to make a difference for his students. “After considering a number of options, my scholars voted on a JSLP motto. A phrase coined by one of our members, ‘Current Students, Future Leaders,’ won. This motto inspires me and answers the question of why I teach.”
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