December 2015

Celebrating Excellence

Nominate your colleagues for the John McCormack CEA Award for Teaching Excellence

Why do we celebrate excellence? Educators live in a world filled with challenges and threats to their professions and their schools. But in spite of these challenges, they and other people and organizations find innovative ways to support and influence students and public education.

If you know a teacher or two who is creative, student-focused, culturally responsive, dedicated to life-long learning, and strong advocates for public education, then nominate him or her for the John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence. The award recognizes dedicated and diverse teaching professionals for excellence in public education and the teaching profession.

The award, which is highly competitive, examines teachers on five criteria: professional practice, community engagement, leadership in professional development, attention to diversity, and advocacy for the profession.

The winner receives a $2,000 grant from CEA, an all-expense paid trip to the NEA Foundation's Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C., and is CEA's nominee for two prestigious NEA awards: the Horace Mann Award and the NEA/NFIE Award and has a chance to receive $10,000 if chosen as one of five national semi-finalists. The finalist receives a grand prize of $25,000.

Visit for details, or contact Kate Field at or (860)725-6368. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016.

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