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WKU Distinguished Educator Awards


Teachers are the pillars of the Commonwealth’s educational infrastructure, and for that, there are simply never enough opportunities to say “thank you”. WKU is as energized as ever when it comes to recognizing these exemplary community leaders, and we’re ramping up efforts to ensure these two words are conveyed more often.

With that said, we’re excited to announce the implementation of the inaugural WKU Distinguished Educator Awards, which will celebrate current Kentucky educators in our service region who are making significant contributions to the teaching profession.


Moving Forward:

  • Each spring our district partners will have the opportunity to recognize Kentucky teachers (P-12) across 10 different categories.
  • Superintendents will determine nominations at a district level and submit these entries accordingly.
  • From there, finalists will be selected and recognized during a special luncheon this spring. His/her building principal and district superintendent will also be invited to join the awards luncheon.

How to Apply:

  • A Google account is required to access and submit a nomination form.
  • Please review the award categories. Please note that each school district may nominate up to 10 educators (1 teacher in each of the 10 categories). You must only enter one nominee per form submission.
  • If you’re a superintendent, please complete the included nomination form as it pertains to the selected Kentucky educator.
  • If you’re not a superintendent, but would like to nominate a Kentucky educator, please notify the teacher’s school principal. He/she will ensure this nomination is brought to the superintendent for consideration.
  • One letter of recommendation highlighting the nominee’s achievements is required for each nomination (this letter does not have to come from the superintendent). The letter must be uploaded to the application link via PDF file.

Apply Electronically

Download The PDF Application


The Review Process:

  • A committee comprised of veteran educators will review all nominations to select three finalists in each category.
  • The winners in each category will then be selected from these contenders.

Recognition:

  • Each nominee will receive a certificate that will be celebrated at the district level.
  • Finalists will be announced on the WKU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences website and social media pages.
  • Category winners will receive a cash prize and a commemorative plaque.
  • Category winners will also have their names on a perpetual plaque in the Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame, proudly displayed inside WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Deadlines and Dates to Consider:

  • Deadline to submit nominations are Friday, February 28.
  • Finalists will be notified by Friday, March 27 to allow the school district time to make arrangements for the teacher to attend the luncheon.
  • The luncheon will occur on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 (details forthcoming).
  • Winners in each category will be announced at the event on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Award Categories

Educator who excels in using unique and innovative instructional strategies and technology to engage students in meaningful learning.

Educator who excels at holding high expectations for all learners, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, socio-economics, and English language learners.

Educator who excels at modeling and promoting a lifelong love of literacy in students and engages students in challenging texts to build reading and writing skills and strategies within diverse texts and for a variety of purposes.

Educator who goes above and beyond in guiding, leading, and supporting new teachers.

Educator who excels in the special education context, serving as a model of inclusivity and advocates for the learning of all students.

Educator who stands out among their colleagues as a master teacher who models being a professional educator.

Educator who stands out among their colleagues as a master teacher who models being a professional educator.

Educator who stands out among their colleagues as a master teacher who models being a professional educator.
Educator who stands out among their colleagues as a master teacher who models being a professional educator.
Educator who stands out among their colleagues as a master teacher who models being a professional educator.


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 Last Modified 2/12/20