2019 Social Justice Activist of the Year Awards
Do you know an outstanding educator whose racial and/or social justice activism has had a positive impact on the lives of their students, school community or fellow educators?
Honor their efforts and share their work with a wider audience by nominating them for NEA’s 2019 Social Justice Activist Award!
Finalists receive the opportunity to attend and be recognized at NEA’s Conference on Racial and Social Justice, held this year in Houston, Texas.
- Nominations Close: April 30, 2019
- Online Voting: May 6-May 30, 2019
- NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice: July 1-2 2019, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX
Every day, educators take extraordinary action to show leadership on social justice issues in and out of the classroom. That’s because education advocacy and social justice advocacy go hand in hand –especially now, as an increasingly diverse kaleidoscope of students and educators must feel safe and welcome in our public schools.
The 2019 social justice activist award will be presented to the exceptional effort that demonstrates the ability to lead, organize and engage educators, parents, and the community to advocate on social and/or racial justice issues that impact the lives of students, fellow educators and the communities they serve.
Before submitting a nomination please take a look at the Social Justice Activist of the Year nomination checklist below
A completed Social Justice Activist of the Year nomination submission may include the following items:
- A detailed description of activism (required)
- Up to 4 pages double-spaced or 2 pages single-spaced
- A nominee personal bio and statement (required)
- Up to 2 pages double spaced or 1 page single spaced
- Nominee photo (required)
- Letters of recommendation (optional)
- Up to 3, must typewritten unless submitted by a student
- Additional supporting materials (optional)
- News clippings, flyers, resume, videos, etc.
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To nominate someone for NEA’s Social Justice Activist of the Year Award, please read these rules in their entirety before submitting the nomination form.
To facilitate our verification, please be sure to include the membership ID or last four digits of the Social Security Number of the nominee.
NEA accepts nominations without regard to race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin
All NEA members, regardless of member or job classification, of an NEA state/local affiliate or bargaining unit who have been members for 2 years as of January 15, 2019 are eligible. Nominees must be an “active” member at the time of nomination
Association staff (National, state or local) are not eligible for nomination.
NOMINATION and SELECTION PROCESS
Nomination Criteria – Nominations that do not meet these criteria may not be considered
Nominations will be accepted from NEA members, state or local affiliates, or recognized caucus
Any NEA member, state or local affiliate can nominate an individual member or team of up to three members for the award.
Nominees should be the principle organizer(s) of a campaign or social and/or racial justice action
Nominees should demonstrate engagement in social and/or racial justice activism with members, parents, community and/or community stakeholders and partners on issues such as:
School Discipline/School to Prison Pipeline
Equity & Opportunity in Education
Positive School Climate
Selection and Voting
The Selection Committee will review all nominations to ensure that eligibility and submission requirements are met.
The Selection Committee will identify the top nominations (up to five). The top nominations will be announced as finalists and posted online at which time online voting begins.
Educators and public education allies and partners are permitted to vote.
The finalist with the most votes by the deadline will be announced as the award winner at the NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice.