NAAC members are invited to nominate one or more interns/new teachers for a scholarship to attend the 2015 annual conference in Chicago. Three scholarships will be awarded to outstanding alternative certification interns to recognize their achievements and encourage their participation in the conference. Scholarship recipients receive:
- $1,000 scholarship
- Complimentary registration to the NAAC Annual Conference, March 18-21, 2015 in Chicago
- Up to $500 to offset travel expenses to the conference
- Complimentary one-year membership in NAAC
Deadline for nominations: October 3, 2014
- Interns must be nominated by a current NAAC member.
- Nominees must currently be an intern/AC teacher candidate, or have completed an alternative certification/licensure program within the last year (no earlier than Spring semester/quarter 2013).
- Nominees must be available to attend the NAAC Annual Conference, March 18-21, 2015 at the Chicago Hyatt Regency. The scholarship can only be granted to winners who agree to, and actually attend, the full two-and-a-half day conference (one day attendance does not qualify). During the awards presentation, winners will be expected to give a speech of approximately five minutes about their experiences in the classroom as an alternative certification intern.
Review the eligibility requirements, scoring rubric, and expectations of winners, and download the nomination form (all on the NAAC website). Then mail to NAAC a nomination packet that includes:
a. Completed nomination cover sheet
b. Written statement of about two pages explaining your reasons for selecting teaching as a profession and your reasons for selecting an alternative route to certification
c. Three letters of recommendation on letterhead from the Program Director (or program designee) of your AC/Licensure program, your principal or site evaluator, and one other source. The letters should provide a strong and clear endorsement of your teaching skills.
d. Video (NO LONGER than 10 minutes) on a DVD showing the teacher interacting with students in a classroom setting. The video should successfully portray the candidate's teaching skills, the student's level of engagement, and the learning environment. The video will be a significant part of the judging and may be shown at the 2015 conference as part of a general session.
e. A one-page synopsis of the video submitted that sets the stage for the lesson portrayed. The written description should explain the reason behind teaching this specific lesson, what events have lead to the specific teaching style and tolls, and the expected goals for student learning.
Expectations of Winners
1. Winners must attend the NAAC Annual Conference, March 18-21, 2015 at the Chicago Hyatt Regency. Winners must make their own travel arrangements and may submit a request for reimbursement from NAAC of up to $500. Travel costs will be reimbursed upon completion of the conference. Any additional travel costs must be covered by the winner or his/her alternative certification program.
2. Winners are expected to give a speech of no more than 5 minutes during the award presentation ceremony. Winners must submit a copy of their speech and any powerpoint slides to the NAAC executive director by February 28. Winners must have consent to use images of any children in their powerpoint presentation.
2014 Winners and Honorable Mention