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2020 Celebration of Education in Oklahoma


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Nominations are due Oct. 14, 2019

The 20th annual Celebration of Education in Oklahoma, benefiting the college, will be held on Friday, April 24, 2020, at Oklahoma Memorial Union-Molly Shi Boren Ballroom.

Reception: 6 p.m.
Dinner: 7 p.m.

Nominations are now being accepted. Awards will be given in the following categories:

AWARD OF DISTINCTION
The Award of Distinction is presented to alumni, friends, or advocates of education who have achieved state, national or international distinction in their fields of endeavor. Ideally, no more than one is presented annually.  Nominees must be available to attend the awards ceremony. The honoree must make comments or remarks at the awards ceremony.  Individuals may nominate themselves.

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Career Achievement Award honors alumni or friends of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education who have demonstrated consistent commitment and continued service in educational roles in community education, post-secondary education, or in non-classroom careers in elementary and secondary schools. Nominees should have a record of quality programs and effective interactions with colleagues and the public served. More than one Career Achievement Award may be given. Individuals may nominate themselves.

OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD
The Outstanding Educator Award honors alumni or friends of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education who have demonstrated commitment to quality classroom instruction through consistent programming and teaching strategies that embrace high expectation for student learning which both excite and challenge students to perform to their highest potential. Individuals may nominate themselves.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
The Meritorious Service Award is presented to an advocate of education -an individual, corporation, or foundation - that has demonstrated meritorious service to education. Nominees must have supported the College, its units, or its functions through considerable commitment in terms of time, effort, or service; creative, innovative input; and/or significant financial contributions. Self-nominations are not accepted.

EMERGING EDUCATOR AWARD
The Emerging Educator Award honors practicing educators who have demonstrated distinctive achievements in elementary, secondary, or community education careers.  Nominees must be alumni of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education who are within the first 10 years of their teaching career.  Individuals may nominate themselves.

Every spring, at its Celebration of Education dinner, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education presents awards to alumni, friends, or advocates of education who have achieved state, national or international distinction in their fields of endeavor. Anyone is invited to submit nominations for these awards. This year’s event will take place on April 24, 2020.
 
Nominees should show consistent commitment and continued service in educational roles in Pre-K–12, community education, post-secondary education, or in non-classroom careers in elementary and secondary schools. Nominees who are practicing or former educators or administrators should have a record of quality programs and effective interactions with colleagues and the public served and a demonstrated commitment to quality classroom instruction through consistent programming and teaching strategies that embrace high expectations for student learning which both excite and challenge students to perform to their highest potential.  

Advocates of education may include an individual, corporation, or foundation that has demonstrated meritorious service to education and has supported the college, its units, or its functions through considerable commitment in terms of time, effort, or service; creative, innovative input; and/or significant financial contributions. Nominees must be available to attend the awards ceremony.

Please write a brief statement of support for your nominee explaining why you believe they should be considered for the award(s). Contact information for your nominees can be submitted to Melanie Schneider, University of Oklahoma, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, 820 Van Vleet Oval, #138, Norman, OK 73019-2041 or to mschneider@ou.edu by October 14, 2019.

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Past Honorees

A list of all previous Celebration of Education in Oklahoma honorees can be found here.