This prestigious award recognizes and honors an outstanding administrator who, through their professional work, has demonstrated exemplary support for science education at the school, district, and/or county level. This award honors an administrator whose primary responsibility is outside the area of science instruction.
The award is presented at the NSELA luncheon held at the annual NSELA Professional Development Institute. The award is accompanied by a check for $1,000 and a plaque donated by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.
Outstanding administrators who provide exemplary support for K-12 science education are eligible to be nominated for this award. The applicant must be nominated by a current NSELA member. Examples of applicants include superintendent, central office administrator (e.g. curriculum and instruction coordinator, professional development coordinator, assessment director, school principal). Applicants must demonstrate strong leadership support that impacts K-12 science teachers and students.
Award Selection Criteria
Outstanding contributions and/or accomplishments in providing exemplary support for science education are the main selection criteria. These may include:
- unique or extraordinary leadership accomplishments, such as impressive data-based results in supporting science education reform or improvement projects
- significant contributions toward science education support over a long period of time
- a series of substantial contributions that support science teachers/leaders and students
The nominator should submit a letter no more than three pages in length briefly describing the nominee and his/her qualifications for this award. Nominator information needs to include name, position/title, email, work and home phone numbers, and work and home addresses.
The nominator should inform the nominee that it is the nominee's responsibility to assemble a packet that includes the following:
- the nominator's letter that summarizes the nominee's qualifications for this award
- a curriculum vita or résumé (not more than 5 pages) that addresses the award selection criteria. The vita needs to include the following for the nominee: name, position/title, email, work and home phone numbers, work and home addresses.
Other components of the vita need to highlight the candidate's education record with degrees, dates and field of study; membership and positions/contributions in professional organizations; special awards or professional recognition; presentations including those related to science education; publications (optional); prior work experience that addresses support for science education.
- description of current work position no more than three pages in length that demonstrates evidence for leadership abilities that support science teachers and students. This may include previous work experience that enhances evidence of support for science education over an extended period of time. Give specific examples of support for science education. Refer to the above Award Selection Criteria to prepare the description that shows evidence for leadership support for science education.
- three (3) letters of recommendation that substantiate the nominee's leadership accomplishments in support of science education with specific examples. One letter of support must be from a superintendent or immediate supervisor and one letter from a subordinate.
- name and address of local newspaper
All application materials are to be submitted online and become the property of NSELA and will not be returned. Any late or faxed materials will not be accepted.
All award application materials including online nomination form and letters of recommendation must be received online by the NSELA Awards Committee chairperson, Nancy Kellogg, by January 7, 2013.
Please contact Nancy Kellogg at email@example.com Support Award application.
Past Outstanding Administrative Support Award Winners:
2012 Nanciann Gatta, Illinois
2011 Danny Bell, Louisiana
2010 Steve Gonzalez, California
2009 Ruth Ann Carr, Oklahoma
2008 Ray J. Bandlow, New Jersey
2007 Pamela T. Henson, Alabama
2006 Gene Harris, Ohio
2005 Michael Klentschy, California
2004 Larry Mabe, North Carolina
2003 No Award
2002 Sheldon Berman, Massachusetts
2001 Ernest Bibby, North Carolina
2000 Jerry Valadez, California
1999 Renee Williams, Texas
1998 Wayne Lett, Virginia