PURPOSE The NEA Board of Directors created the Friend of Education Award as an annual recognition of a person, organization or group whose leadership, acts, and support have contributed to the improvement of American education on a national level. Past recipients include U.S. Presidents, a Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Education, a Supreme Court Justice, U.S. Senators and Representatives, Governors, educators, civil rights leaders, journalists, authors, and an athlete.
QUALIFICATIONS The 2016-17 NEA priorities focus on the eradication of Institutional Racism, the implementation of ESSA, and empowering Early Career members. In alignment with these goals, a duly nominated individual, organization or group shall have significantly contributed to the advancement of public education through exhibited leadership, acts, and support of education on a national level; that establish the nominee as a true friend of education, education employees, and/or students. A nominee need not be an American citizen, but should reflect philosophies and principles that advance NEA’s mission, priorities, and strategic goals.
NOMINATIONS Any member of the National Education Association or any local or state affiliate of NEA may nominate an individual, organization or group to the Friend of Education Award Committee by completing a nomination form and submitting it to the NEA by January 31, 2018. Each nomination must be signed and submitted by an NEA member. Non-NEA members are not eligible as nominators.
SELECTION OF RECIPIENT The Friend of Education Award Committee, composed of 8 members of the NEA Board of Directors, will review each duly submitted nomination and recommend a recipient to the NEA Board of Directors for approval.
PRESENTATION Presentation of the Friend of Education Award is a scheduled event at the annual Representative Assembly. The presentation is made to the award recipient by the NEA President.
NOMINATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE The deadline for receiving nominations for the 2018 NEA Friend of Education Award is January 31, 2018. Nominations must be signed and include proof of the nominator’s NEA membership or affiliation. Completed nomination forms, together with all accompanying materials, should be emailed to Tina Paden (email@example.com).