Gregory Baldwin, Champion of Children awardee (courtesy photo)

Gregory Baldwin, school climate specialist at ACPS, has been recognized as a Champion of Children in the second annual Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission Champions of Children Awards.

As the school climate specialist, Baldwin has been working collaboratively with administrators at all schools throughout the division to grow positive learning environments and school cultures. He also provides additional support to school programs including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Multi-tiered Systems of Support and peer mediation.

At T. C. Williams High School, where he served as Dean of Students from 2011 to 2017, he was instrumental in implementing restorative practices – a movement that seeks to develop good relationships and restore a sense of community in an increasingly disconnected world. 

"I am truly honored to be recognized as a Champion of Children. For nearly 25 years, I have been fortunate to do what I love the most. I’m so grateful to be able to work with our young scholars and our administrators in growing and sustaining a positive culture in our schools and improving academic outcomes for our youth,” said Baldwin.

The Champions of Children Award recognizes individuals who have been instrumental in improving the lives of our children and youth in accordance with the Children and Youth Master Plan laid out by the City of Alexandria. It celebrates the unsung heroes in our community whose tireless efforts advance the CYMP goals and recognizes their efforts in implementing effective strategies that support improved outcomes for children and youth. 

"It’s wonderful when a homegrown Titan chooses to return to their educational roots and dedicate their career to improving the lives of our young people in such critical ways. A positive school climate is known to have a positive impact on student achievement. For years he has worked to foster a positive climate at T. C., making him a natural choice to lead these efforts in all of our schools. He truly is a Champion of Children,” said Interim Superintendent Lois F. Berlin.

Baldwin is a class of 1986 T. C. Williams graduate who holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Special Education. He also holds a Virginia Department of Education Postgraduate Professional License and is a licensed trainer with the International Institute of Restorative Practices.

Baldwin will be recognized at a ceremony on June 13, where his award will be presented by a young scholar whose life was impacted by his work.