Nominations Open for 2016 Awards
NAAC members may nominate one or more new interns, teachers, or residents for the 2016 awards: The NAAC Scholarship, the Haberman Scholarship and the Bill Smith Scholarship. The awards are for new educators who are participating in, or have recently completed, a non-traditional teacher preparation program. Nominees should be exemplary teachers who show passion and commitment to the success of every student. Winners each receive:
- $1,000 in award money
- Complimentary registration to the NAAC Annual Conference, March 6-9, 2016 in New Orleans
- Up to $500 in travel support
- Complimentary one-year membership in NAAC
New this year, there will be a two-stage review process. To apply, nominees will submit a written statement plus three letters of recommendation (no video) by June 30. The reviewers will select five finalists who will submit a video by October 1 showing their classroom teaching. The three winners will be selected from among these five finalists. Only NAAC members may nominate interns or teachers.
- June 30, 2015 - applications due with written statement and letters of recommendation
- October 1, 2015 - videos due from five finalists
- March 6-9, 2016 - winners attend annual conference in New Orleans
NAAC Announces Intern Awards
Three outstanding interns received $1,000 awards at the National Association for Alternative Certification 2015 conference. The awards recognize the interns' successful classroom teaching and contributions to the field in their early years as educators. The winners were: Kelsey Muffler, a special education resource teacher in Atlanta; Chere Calderon, a high school Spanish teacher in Wichita, Kansas; and David Crowley, a special education/English teacher in Los Angeles. All attended the NAAC annual conference, March 18-21 in Chicago, with a complimentary registration and travel support provided by NAAC and the Haberman Educational Foundation, a sponsor of one of the awards. They participated, along with other new teachers from around the country, in a special strand of sessions, providing a wonderful opportunity to network with professional colleagues.
2015 Winners and Honorable Mention