Award Application - Nominations due April 30th

Procedure:

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.

Purpose:

This award recognizes individuals who have used CTE (FCS) to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service.

Eligibility:

All candidates must be current or retired CTE professionals at the time of initial nomination. 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:
  • Leadership in furthering community service or improvement
  • Innovation in integrating community service into their CTE (FCS) program.
  • Contributions to student learning and success.
  • 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):
  • Description of Candidate’s Qualifications for the Award
  • Two (2) Letters of Support
  • Photo/Headshot
  • Interview (at region and national levels)
Nomination packet is 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

Application Procedures
Applicants should submit information written in the 3rd person context rather than the 1st. Events should be dated and listed with the most recent first. All materials must be submitted electronically through this form.  

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* 5. How has the candidate demonstrated leadership in furthering community service or improvement? (Ex. partnerships with business or community groups;community service initiatives spearheaded, etc.) Note: Should not exceed 500 words in length.

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* 6. How has the candidate demonstrated innovation in furthering student learning through community service? (Ex. improvements implemented to program or institution through community service;creative or cutting-edge practices implemented in service projects)  Note: Should not exceed 500 words in length.

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* 7. How has the candidate contributed to implementing high-quality CTE programs that ensure student success? Please refer to the High Quality CTE Framework as a guide/reference. (Ex. development of standards-aligned and integrated curriculum; contributions that resulted in student achievements, opportunities and innovations; CTSO successes; etc.)  Note: Should not exceed 500 words in length.

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* 8. 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. 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. 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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