Awards Season is Nearly Here!
Awards season is nearly here. Nominations are now open for several competitions to honor outstanding teachers, principals and parents. They are—
Marian Greenblatt Excellence in Education Awards: The Marian Greenblatt Excellence in Education Veteran Teacher Award recognizes three full-time teachers in kindergarten through Grade 12 who have a demonstrated record of promoting student success, such as closing the achievement gap and mentoring new teachers. One of the veteran teacher award winners is chosen as the MCPS Teacher of the Year and goes on to represent the school district as a contender for the Maryland State Teacher of the Year award and could become the National Teacher of the Year. More information is available here. Deadline: Friday, Jan. 10
The Marian Greenblatt Excellence in Education Rising Star Teacher Award recognizes a first- or second-year full-time teacher in kindergarten through Grade 12 who has a demonstrated record of promoting student success. This teacher contributes to a professional learning community of students, staff, parents and community. Deadline: Friday, Jan. 10
The Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award: This award recognizes a full-time teacher in prekindergarten through Grade 12 who instills in students a desire to learn and achieve. Each nominee must have a minimum of five years teaching experience, three of which must be in MCPS. This teacher also must understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents, and foster their self-esteem. He or she demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the subject matter and possesses the ability to share it effectively with students. The nominee fosters cooperative relationships with his/her colleagues and the community and demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities. Deadline: Friday, Jan. 10
The Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award (DELA): This award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. In presenting these awards, The Washington Post Company Educational Foundation hopes to encourage excellence in school leadership and to contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the Washington metropolitan area. Nominations may be submitted by teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators or the general public. Nominees must participate in the four-day DELA Seminar to be held July 16-20, 2014. Deadline: Friday, Jan. 10
The Shirley J. Lowrie Thank You for Teaching Award: The Shirley J. Lowrie “Thank You for Teaching” Award honors extraordinary elementary school teachers who have a deep dedication to the teaching profession. These elementary school teachers, prekindergarten through Grade 5, must work directly with students in the classroom on a daily basis, demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the subject matter, and effectively communicate that subject matter to students. The nominee should be a teacher who goes the extra mile to ensure that students receive the support they need to succeed. Deadline: Friday, Jan. 10
The Superintendent’s Annual Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award: Established in 1991, this award honors MCPS principals who excel in promoting academic excellence, positive human relations and community outreach. These qualities were exemplified by Mark Mann, a former principal of Parkland Junior High School, who died in 1988. Nominations should be submitted in writing or electronically to the Office of Human Resources and Development, 45 W. Gude Dr., Ste. 2100, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Nominations made in previous years may be resubmitted. Deadline: Monday, Feb. 3
The Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA): The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is seeking nominations from the public for its annual Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA) program. The award recognizes the importance of parent involvement in public schools and honors those who have made significant contributions to a local public school system. Maryland Parent Involvement Award nominees must be parents or legal guardians of children attending Maryland public schools, and cannot be employees of MSDE or a local public school system. Deadline: Friday, Jan. 31. Visit the MSDE website for more information.