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Awards

Richard Katt
Outstanding Nebraska Career Educator Award
2019

Overview
This award honors one educator from each of the following career fields:
• Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
• Business, Marketing, and Management
• Communication and Information Systems
• Human Sciences and Education (Family and Consumer Sciences/Education & Training)
• Health Sciences
• Skilled and Technical Sciences

The winning educator from each career field will be awarded $1,000. The Richard Katt Outstanding Nebraska Career Educator will be selected through an interview process at the Nebraska Career Education Conference and will receive an additional $2,500.

The Richard Katt Outstanding Career Educator will be required to present a session at the 2020 NCE Conference. The winning educators from each career field may also be asked to present a session at the Conference.

Eligibility
All Career and Technical Educators in Nebraska.

Criteria
• Innovative Classroom Practices
• Philosophy of Teaching in Career and Technical Education
• Service to the Teaching Profession
• Mentoring Experiences
• Personal and Professional Growth
• Letters of Recommendation

Guidelines
• Educators must complete the online application.
• Completed application forms must be submitted on or before February 1, 2019.
• Previous recipients of the Richard Katt Outstanding Nebraska Career Educator Award are ineligible to receive this award again.

Evaluation
An evaluation committee will select one educator from each of the six designated career fields to be honored at the Nebraska Career Education Conference. These top six finalists will be interviewed by an evaluation panel on Monday, June 3 at the conference.

Completed application forms must be submitted on or before February 1, 2019.

Application link: 

http://bit.ly/CEeducatorawd2019

Nebraska Excellence in Career Education Awards
2019

The Nebraska Department of Education is proud to sponsor the annual Excellence in Career Education Awards to recognize outstanding Nebraska Career Education programs and outstanding partnerships. These awards will be presented each June at the Nebraska Career Education Conference in Kearney, Nebraska. They will be presented in cooperation with the Association for Career and Technical Education in Nebraska’s recognition honoring outstanding Nebraska career education instructors.

Award winners will be notified in advance and are required to be present to receive their award. Criteria and application details for the awards are explained before. Nominations must be submitted by February 1 at the link noted below.

Selection of Awardees
Recipients of Nebraska Excellence in Career Education Awards will be determined by an internal selection team composed of Nebraska Department of Education Career Education Specialists.

 

Award Categories

This award is open to any teacher, counselor, administrator, or community member, business person, or legislator who has demonstrated sustained and outstanding statewide leadership and advocacy for Nebraska Career Education. The leadership and advocacy must have been at a level beyond a specific community or institution and spanned a significant portion of his/her professional career.
The individual selected for the award must have made significant advancement in the mission of Nebraska Career Education to enhance lifelong learning, earning and living skills and knowledge. Other considerations include:

• Passion for career education
• Outstanding leadership and guidance in creating an environment conducive to career education
• Contributions to Nebraska career education over a sustained period of time
• Making a very real difference for career education students and career education programs
• Perseverance in overcoming obstacles and challenges to offering quality career education opportunities for youth and adults (K-20)
• Advocacy for Nebraska Career Education

This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding collaboration and outreach to support the advancement of Nebraska Career Education. The award honors a person who has demonstrated a personal commitment and outstanding support for NCE that is “above and beyond” that his/her job or business requires. The award recognizes individual efforts and initiative that reaches beyond an individual organization, agency, school or community. The recipient of this award must have demonstrated:

  • Commitment to the mission and goals of Nebraska Career Education
  • Collaboration and involvement with groups, agencies, businesses, and/or educational organizations to expand opportunities for quality career education
  • Active engagement in efforts to enhance understanding of the benefits of quality career education for all Nebraska citizens (youth and adults)
  • Sustained participation in area/regional/statewide activities whose purpose is to support, improve, and expand Nebraska Career Education

This award is designed to recognize a business or partnership group that has made significant contributions to the success of Career Education at a statewide level. This may include support for a career field or career education in general.

This award is presented to a Nebraska school administrator who has demonstrated visionary leadership in fostering innovation and growth of Nebraska Career Education on a local or regional basis. The award honors an administrator who has consistently demonstrated a personal commitment and outstanding support for career and technical education that enhances opportunities for students and prepares them with the technical skills and knowledge as well as the career readiness (employability) skills leading to career success. The recipient of this award must have demonstrated:

  • Commitment to the mission and goals of Nebraska Career Education
  • Collaboration and involvement with groups, agencies, businesses, and/or educational organizations to expand opportunities for quality career education
  • Active engagement in efforts to enhance understanding of the benefits of quality career education
  • Support for the efforts of Career Technical Educators to enhance and grow their programs of study
  • Sustained participation in area/regional/state-wide activities whose purpose is to support, improve, and expand Nebraska Career Education

This award is designed to recognize the outstanding achievement of career education programs in junior high/middle schools, high schools, and postsecondary institutions. An individual instructional program within a school/college or a school/college as a whole are eligible for this award.

Criteria for this award includes:

  • Instructional programs aligned to the Nebraska Career Education Model
  • Programs that demonstrate quality areas such as:
    • Student achievement in both career and academic arenas
    • Innovative instruction based on a state model program of study
    • Leadership and personal development through career technical student organizations
    • Effective implementation of career guidance and work-based learning
    • Alignment to Nebraska’s workforce needs and economic priorities
    • Community engagement

One award for each of the following will be presented:

  • Outstanding Middle School/Junior High Program
  • Outstanding Secondary Program
  • Outstanding Postsecondary Program
  • Outstanding Rule 47 Career Academy

Nomination link:

http://bit.ly/ExcellenceinCEAwards

Questions may be directed to Gregg Christensen, gregg.christensen@nebraska.gov or (402) 471-4337.