Award Application - Nominations due April 30th

In order to be considered for an ACTE Member Award, the applicant must first apply for the award in Virginia. VATFACS award winners move forward to compete on the state level through Virginia ACTE. The information provided by the applicant on the state level now mirrors award requirements needed by region and national levels.

The member awards are: Outstanding Teacher of the Year; Outstanding New Teacher; and Outstanding Teacher in Community Service.

VATFACS winners of each member award are eligible to compete on the state level through Virginia ACTE. Virginia ACTE winners are eligible to compete for the regional awards. If the award recipient is successful at the regional level, the candidate packet is then forwarded to the national level by the designated deadline. All applicants must assume responsibility for travel, registration, hotel, and other personal expenses. Details and forms can be viewed on the ACTE website at www.acteonline.org.

Presently, the forms for the state level competitions have been adapted from the ACTE award packet. The award forms for the national level only refer to ACTE not FCS specifically. The forms are as similar as possible in order to best prepare applicants to move from state to regional, and finally to national competition.

Application Requirements:
Applicants will use the National Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) guidelines for awards and recognition.

Purpose
This award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the middle/secondary school level
who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to
the improvement of CTE (FCS) in their institutions and communities.

Eligibility
*All candidates must be employed as classroom/laboratory CTE (FCS) teachers at the middle/secondary school level and have at least 5 years of teaching experience at the time of initial nomination.
*Current VATFACS Board Members are ineligible for nomination for a VATFACS Award.
*Candidates must be members of their state ACTE for consideration at the state level.
*State winners must be national ACTE members by March 1 to be considered at the Region level.

Criteria
Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria:
a) Contributions to student success
b) Innovations in CTE
c) Leadership in the local or greater CTE community

All candidates must demonstrate at minimum one best practice in CTE (FCS) as outlined in the High Quality CTE Framework in order to be eligible to receive the award. For more information on how nominations will be scored, please see the ACTE Member Awards Scoring Rubric.

Nomination Requirements
Each nomination must include the following (incomplete nominations will not be considered):
A. Description of Candidate’s Qualifications for the Award
B. One (2) Letters of Support
C. Interview (at region and national levels)

Nomination packets are due April 30th.

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* 1. Name of Nominee

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* 2. Subject currently teaching and/or duties

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* 3. ACTE Membership Number

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* 4. Position and Title

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* 5. A. Description of Candidate’s Qualifications for the Award (1500 words total)
Address the following:
A.1. How has the candidate contributed to implementing high quality CTE (FCS) programs that ensure student success (Development of standards aligned and integrated curriculum, contributions that resulted in student achievements, opportunities and innovations, CTSO success, etc.). Note: Should not exceed 500 words in length.

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* 6. A.2. How has the candidate demonstrated innovation in CTE (FCS)? (Ex. improvements implemented to program or institution; new activities or initiatives spearheaded; creative or cutting-edge classroom practices) (500 words max)

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* 7. A.3. How has the candidate demonstrated leadership in improving CTE (FCS) and/or student opportunities in the local or greater CTE community? (Ex. activities conducted with community leaders, business & industry partners, fellow educators, or ACTE and other organizations) (500 words max)

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* 8. B.1. Letters of Support - applicant is required to submit 2 letters of support recommending the candidate as relates to award criteria. Please submit letters from two of the following: a supervisor, a parent/guardian, a student, an employee, or a community leader.

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* 9. B.2. Letters of Support - applicant is required to submit 2 letters of support recommending the candidate as relates to award criteria. Please submit letters from two of the following: a supervisor, a parent/guardian, a student, an employee, or a community leader.

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* 10. C. Photograph - Digital photographs should be at least 300 dpi and in a .jpg, .png, or .gif format. Files 2MB or larger are preferred.  Note:  Photographs will be used for publicity purposes only.

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* 11. Point of contact for this award application if different from the nominee.

Please direct questions regarding VATFACS award applications to Susan Von Schaack, VATFACS Vice President, susanvonschaack@gmail.com.

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