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Nominate Deserving Individuals for Inaugural Area Education Agency Awards

January 18, 2017

Statewide AEA system logoDo you know someone who has made outstanding contributions to education and the system of Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEAs)? Please take a few minutes to nominate this person for recognition by Iowa’s AEAs, as they will bestow their inaugural AEA Awards to outstanding candidates for their contributions to education and the AEA system.

To submit a nomination, complete the online application by Feb. 3, 2017. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination. The nominations will be reviewed by a selected group of AEA personnel in February. Both the nominating individual and those who are selected to be recognized will be notified by March 1, 2017. The awards will be presented at the annual AEA Boards of Directors’ Conference on March 30-31, 2017 in Des Moines. The three awards and criteria can be found below.

Friend of the AEA Award
Acknowledges contributions by policymakers, citizens, board members, school district partners, businesses and organizations who have been great partners and demonstrate strong support for furthering the mission of Iowa’s AEAs. Open to all policymakers, citizens, board members, school district partners, businesses and organizations.

E. Robert Stephens Award
Dr. E. Robert Stephens, better known as “Dr. Bob” and the father of the AEA system, acknowledges contributions in the area of innovation and support to local districts, AEAs, the Department of Education and other partners/organizations. There should be evidence of outstanding contributions to the well being of the educational community including benefits of this individual’s leadership; creative leadership in inspiring and motivating others to achieve and contribute; strong commitment to the profession by active participation in professional activities and evidence that the individual is respected by his/her colleagues and the community. Open to AEA staff who serve in an administrative role and AEA board members.

Innovative Creator
Celebrates amazingly innovative and creative thinking and actions to get results for students, educators, the AEA system, school districts and other partners. Open to all AEA staff, board members, educators, policymakers and students.

For more information, contact Connie Johnson.

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