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Excellence in Education Awards

Awards to Texas Educators, Schools, Principals, Districts,
and Boards to Acknowledge Excellence in Education

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H-E-B

Deadline Date:

12/08/17 - 11:59 PM CST (Midnight) Receipt or Postmarked By

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Awards to Texas school principals, teachers, schools, districts, and school boards to recognize excellence in education and dedication to students and their communities. Awards are intended to acknowledge outstanding educators and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

Teacher Award
This honor is designed to recognize teachers and is based on the following criteria:
- Passion and commitment to the teaching profession
- Innovation and creativity in the classroom
- Professional growth and development

There are five identified regions within the H-E-B service area and six finalists will be selected from each area, one elementary and one secondary, in each of the three award categories. The committee will conduct personal interviews with each candidate during a special event to be held in May 2018. The event will culminate with the announcement of six overall statewide winners during a recognition dinner and celebration.

Award Categories:
- Rising Star – Less than 10 years of classroom experience
One elementary and one secondary teacher will each receive a $5,000 cash prize plus a $5,000 grant for his/her school.
- Leadership – 10–20 years of classroom experience
One elementary and one secondary teacher will each receive a $10,000 cash prize plus a $10,000 grant for his/her school.
- Lifetime Achievement – more than 20 years of classroom experience
One elementary and one secondary teacher will each receive a $25,000 cash prize plus a $25,000 grant for his/her school.

Principal Award
This honor is designed to recognize principals and is based on the following criteria:
- Leadership and campus culture
- Instructional leadership and management
- Communication and community relations

There are five identified regions within the H-E-B service area and two finalists will be selected from each area, one elementary and one secondary. The committee will conduct personal interviews with each candidate during a special event to be held in May 2018. The event will culminate with the announcement of two overall statewide winners during a recognition dinner and celebration.

Award Categories:
- Elementary – $10,000 for the principal and $25,000 for his or her school
- Secondary – $10,000 for the principal and $25,000 for his or her school

District Award
This honor is designed to recognize school districts and is based on the following criteria:
- Commitment to student achievement through innovative programs
- Parent/Community Involvement
- Professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators

District finalists will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of educators, administrators, and community leaders. Up to five large district finalists and three small district finalists will be selected from across the state.

Award Categories:
- Large School District Winner – Public or Charter School with more than 10,000 students enrolled will receive $100,000
- Small School District Winner – Public or Charter School with less than 10,000 students enrolled will receive $50,000

School Board/Leadership Award
This honor is designed to recognize school boards that have demonstrated real leadership in the community that it serves based on three basic criteria:
- Academic/student progress within the district
- Identification of community needs and specific actions taken based on those needs
- New and creative methods for community engagement

Up to five school boards may be recognized in any given year based on a thorough review of the written applications and a site visit from the panel of judges comprised of former superintendents, board members, and educational experts. If selected, one or more school boards may receive a special judges award that will be announced during a recognition dinner and celebration in May 2018.

During visits from H-E-B Officials and the judging committee, each school board will be presented with a check for $5,000 to the district in which they represent. In addition, each school board member will receive an all-expense paid trip to the awards celebration in May.

If a school board is selected to receive a special judges award, they can receive up to $25,000 in the form of a grant to the school district they represent.

Early Childhood Award
The Early Childhood Award is designed to support public or private schools that focus on the care and education of children under the age of five. The purpose of the award is to offer support to help create or enhance Kinder Readiness programs that prepare children to enter Kindergarten socially and academically ready to learn.

All complete, submitted applications will be screened and then scored by a panel of professional judges comprised of educators, administrators, and community leaders. Five applicants will be selected by the panel and recognized as finalists. Applications from the five finalists will then be reviewed by a statewide selection committee. The overall statewide winner will be announced during a recognition dinner and celebration to be held in May 2018.

Awards:
The five finalists will each be presented with a check for $5,000 to apply towards enhancing their existing Kinder Readiness activities or creating new programs for the target population. A representative from each finalist will receive an all-expense paid trip to the awards celebration in May 2018. This includes a special reception in their honor. At the recognition dinner, the overall state winner will be announced and awarded an additional $25,000 grant to apply towards either enhancing existing Kinder Readiness activities or creating new programs for the target population.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147616

Number of Grants:

Teacher Awards - 6; Principal Awards - 2; District Awards - 2; Early Childhood Awards - 5; School Board/Leadership Awards - 5.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Teacher Awards:
During surprise visits from H-E-B officials and members of the community, each finalist will be presented with a check for $1,000 for themselves plus a $1,000 grant for their schools. In addition, each finalist will receive an all-expense paid trip to the awards celebration in May including a special reception in their honor.
Award Categories:
Rising Star - One elementary and one secondary teacher will each receive a $5,000 cash prize plus a $5,000 grant for his/her school.
Leadership - One elementary and one secondary teacher will each receive a $10,000 cash prize plus a $10,000 grant for his/her school.
Lifetime Achievement - One elementary and one secondary teacher will each receive a $25,000 cash prize plus a $25,000 grant for his/her school.

Principal Awards:
During surprise visits from H-E-B officials and members of the community, each finalist will be presented with a check for $1,000 for themselves plus a $2,500 grant for their schools. In addition, each finalist will receive an all-expense paid trip to the awards celebration in May including a special reception in their honor.
Award Categories:
Elementary – $10,000 for the principal and $25,000 for his or her school
Secondary – $10,000 for the principal and $25,000 for his or her school

District Awards: During visits from H-E-B Officials and members of the community, each superintendent will be presented with a check, $5,000 for a large district and $2,500 for a small district. In addition, each superintendent will receive an all-expense paid trip to the awards celebration in May including a special reception in their honor. The Large School District Winner with more than 10,000 students enrolled will receive $100,000. The Small School District Winner with less than 10,000 students enrolled will receive $50,000.

School Board Awards:
During visits from H-E-B Officials and the judging committee, each school board will be presented with a check for $5,000 to the district in which they represent. In addition, each school board member will receive an all-expense paid trip to the awards celebration in May. If a school board is selected to receive a special judges award, they can receive up to $25,000 in the form of a grant to the school district they represent.

Early Childhood Awards:
The five (5) finalists will each be presented with a check for $5,000 to apply towards enhancing their existing Kinder Readiness activities or creating new programs for the target population. A representative from each finalist will receive an all-expense paid trip to the awards celebration in May 2018. This includes a special reception in their honor. At the recognition dinner, the overall state winner will be announced and awarded an additional $25,000 grant to apply towards either enhancing existing Kinder Readiness activities or creating new programs for the target population.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be located within the H-E-B service area in the state of Texas.

Teacher Eligibility:
- Public classroom teachers - grades Pre-K through 12.
- Special area teachers performing instructional support services with students.
- Team teachers are eligible to apply with the understanding that all monetary awards will be equally divided.
- Each member of the team should complete the biographical information on the form and submit a résumé.
- Essays may be jointly submitted.
- All applicants will be judged based on total years of experience in the classroom regardless of location.
- Teachers who have been previously selected as statewide winners are not eligible to re-apply until they have entered a new award category based on years of experience.
- Teachers who have been chosen as a statewide finalist must wait at least one year before re-applying (ex: finalist in 2016 can not re-apply until 2018).

Principal Eligibility:
- Active Public School Principal with a minimum of three years of experience as a campus level principal; minimum of two consecutive years on the same campus.
- The public school district must be currently located in Texas.
- Proven community leader.
- Current TASSP and TEPSA Statewide officers are not eligible.
- Principals who have been previously selected as a statewide winner are not eligible to reapply.

District Eligibility:
- All public school districts currently located within Texas are eligible to apply.
- School districts that have previously been selected as statewide winners are not eligible to reapply.

School Board Eligibility:
- All public school boards currently located within Texas are eligible to apply.

Early Childhood Eligibility:
-Eligible institutions include: all public schools or private schools working directly with children under the age of five, who are currently located within Texas.
- Previous winners of the H-E-B Excellence in Education Early Childhood Award are not eligible to reapply.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications may be submitted online or mailed in. An online request is provided within the online application and is due by midnight December 8, 2017. If you are mailing in your application rather than completing it online, it must be postmarked by December 8, 2017. Once your application has been received, you will be notified via email. Please allow 3-5 days for processing.

Teacher Awards: The 30 regional finalists will be notified of their selection on their individual campuses beginning in February.

Principal Awards: The 10 regional finalists will be notified of their selection on their individual campuses beginning in February.

District Awards: The overall statewide winners will be announced during a recognition dinner and celebration in May 2018. The superintendents of each of the district finalists will be notified of their selection beginning in February.

School Board Awards: A total of five (5) school boards will be notified of their selection beginning in January.

Early Childhood Awards: The overall statewide winner will be announced during a recognition dinner and celebration to be held in May 2018.

Apply as a Teacher: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/40544-H-E-B-Excellence-In-Education
Apply as a Principal: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/40545-H-E-B-Excellence-In-Education
Apply as a District: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/40542-H-E-B-Excellence-In-Education
Apply as a Board: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/40541-H-E-B-Excellence-In-Education
Apply as a School: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/40543-H-E-B-Excellence-In-Education

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application Portals
Teachers: https://app.smarterselect.com/program/apply/40544?apply=true
Principals: https://app.smarterselect.com/program/apply/40545?apply=true
School Boards: https://app.smarterselect.com/program/apply/40541?apply=true
Districts: https://app.smarterselect.com/program/apply/40542?apply=true
Schools: (Early Childhood): https://app.smarterselect.com/program/apply/40543?apply=true

If you are mailing in your application please submit it to:
H-E-B Excellence in Education
6929 Airport Blvd., Suite 176
Austin, TX 78752

Contact Form: https://www.heb.com/contact-us

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: Within the H-E-B service area.

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