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CEA Public Relations Grants and Awards

The deadline for all 2018-19 CEA PR Awards and Grants is February 22, 2019. For additional details and information, read our brochure.


Public Relations Awards

ABCD Award (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty)

This award recognizes outstanding professional contributions by individual members who have gone above and beyond the call of volunteerism in activities that have benefited the association or contributed to promoting a positive image of teachers or the teaching profession.

CEA Clifford Silvers Education Advocacy Award

CEA's Clifford Silvers Education Advocacy Award is presented to a group or individual member of the education community. It is awarded to an active CEA member or other active education stakeholder who has dedicated his or her life to supporting students, and continues to make outstanding contributions to the improvement of the teaching profession and promoting excellence in public education.

CEA Newsletter/Website Competition

To be most effective, the association should know the exact reason for preparing a newsletter or website. This purpose, or rationale for distribution, must be clearly stated in each issue of the newsletter and on the entry form.

CEA Salutes Award

The purpose of the CEA Salutes Award is to recognize outstanding contributions by individuals or organizations to public education.

Charles B. Kelly Local Media Award

Named in honor of the person who served as CEA Communications Director for nearly a decade (1982-91), this award honors persons and organizations that have shown support for teachers and public education through local news coverage in newspapers, radio, or television. These awards are presented at the CEA Representative Assembly.

Thomas P. Mondani CEA Friend of Education Award

CEA's most prestigious award is presented at the CEA Representative Assembly in May. The award is named after Thomas P. Mondani, who served as CEA executive director from 1971 to 1994. It is awarded to one individual or group outside of education for outstanding efforts on behalf of teachers, students, or public education

Public Relations Grants

Norman E. Delisle Public Relations Grant

Named after the man who served as CEA Public Relations Director from 1956 until his death in 1981, these grants, which range between $50 and $500, are awarded annually to individual associations for NEW public relations projects within the community.

Equity Fund

The Equity Fund's purpose shall be to provide equity among all affiliates in dealing effectively with financial problems. Download our form for guidelines and additional information.


CEA Human and Civil Rights Awards


Nominate your CEA Colleagues!

Select from several award categories such as the Susan B. Anthony Award for Creative Leadership in Women's Rights and Mahatma Gandhi—Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award.

Not sure what to include in your nomination materials? Download a model HCR Award nomination packet.

Policies and Procedures   Online nomination Form



John McCormack CEA/NFIE Award for Teaching Excellence

We bet you know many outstanding teachers who might qualify for the John McCormack CEA Award for Teaching Excellence. Here's your chance to nominate one of them (or you can even nominate yourself!). The application will not take long, and the reward is definitely worth it — $2,000 from the CEA, plus an all-expenses paid trip to the NEA Foundation's Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington D.C.

We are looking for candidates who are creative, student-focused, culturally responsive, dedicated to life-long learning, and strong advocates for public education.

The individual selected to be the John McCormack Award winner also becomes the CEA's nominee for two additional prestigious awards: The Horace Mann Award and the NEA/NFIE Award. Five individuals will receive a Horace Mann Award and a prize of $10,000 each, and one person will be selected for the NEA/NFIE Award with a grand prize of $25,000.

The CEA member who receives this award will be CEA's nominee for the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

Why You Should Apply for the John McCormack CEA Award for Teaching Excellence

Watch Wallingford teacher and 2013 McCormack Award winner Chris Stone explain the many opportunities this award has opened up to him, and find out why he encourages you to apply today!


Download Application

The application deadline for this award is January 28, 2019



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