AIEA Educator’s Award Celebration

Please join the Arizona Indian Education (AIEA) in celebrating the many professionals who significantly impact American Indian students. On Saturday, September 18, 2021 we will be hosting our Second Annual Educator’s Award Celebration. AIEA highly encourages you to nominate an educator who passionately and proactively supports American Indian students.

Important Dates:

  • Nomination forms must be received by August 6, 2021
  • Awardees will be notified by August 20, 2021
  • Awardees must have their award acceptance video and highlight video or statement submitted by September 3, 2021
  • All awardees must be virtually present for this celebration event on Saturday, September 18, 2021

Award Categories and Qualifications 2021

1-5 Years Award

This award seeks to encourage those educators beginning their professional careers in Education.

6-15 Years Award

This award honors educators who have demonstrated leadership and mentorship that led to American Indian student success and achievement.

16+ Years Award

This award honors educators who have demonstrated a long commitment to serving the needs of American Indian students.

Founder Award

This special award is to honor any type of educator (teacher, principal, superintendent) who has shown a minimum of thirty years of dedication to American Indian students. Retired educators are welcome to be nominated.

Parent Award

This special recognition acknowledges the continued support of American Indian students from those in an official capacity, such as Tribal, local, or state officials.

Serving the Community Award

This award is for after-school/coach who made significant efforts to provide support for American Indian students and demonstrated leadership in promoting, defending, or supporting Indian education. Nominee may also have supported and championed the success of American Indian students.

Unsung Hero Award

There are many people who devote time and energy into providing a rewarding experience on a regular basis to American Indian students. Please use this category to nominate a bus driver, cafeteria worker or other unsung hero of your school/district/education program.

Johnson O’Malley Award

This category is specifically designated for those professionals who lead a JOM program, Title VI, or additional support for Native American education programs.

Language Revitalization Award

This award seeks to honor those who continue to promote and teach tribal languages in any setting.

Administrator Award

This award may be given to principals, superintendents, and other administrators who impact the education of American Indian students.

Resiliency Award

This award is specifically designated for those who maintained and advocated for COVID-19 protocols in protecting themselves and students while continuing their responsibilities.

Nomination Packet

AIEA Award Nomination Packet

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AIEA Award Nomination Packet

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