Inaugural Excellence in Equity Awards to Honor K-12 Changemakers

Awards program will recognize the companies, nonprofits, leaders, authors, and educators whose tremendous efforts are helping schools achieve equity everywhere

The American Consortium for Equity in Education has announced the inaugural Excellence in Equity Awards, a recognition program designed to acknowledge, spotlight, and celebrate high-impact work across K-12 education. The program is an expansion of the Consortium’s efforts to keep the K-12 conversation centered on equity and access as a non-negotiable priority for all learners, and to honor the educators and industry leaders who strive to make this mission a reality.

“The continuous effort to achieve true equity is foundational to our education system, driven by the efforts of countless educators and so many additional stakeholders. At the conclusion of yet another extremely challenging year in which schools have overcome new obstacles to deliver for their students, it’s more important than ever that we spotlight and celebrate education leaders everywhere,” said Ross Romano, Strategic Advisor and Awards Program Chair. “I’m proud to launch the Excellence in Equity Awards and I look forward to honoring and amplifying the combined contributions of educators and industry toward our crucial equity and access objectives.”

Educators from all roles are invited to self-nominate or nominate a peer or colleague for one of 10 different award categories designed to highlight the work of classroom faculty, support staff, and administrators at the school and district levels. Leaders and marketing departments from edtech, curriculum, and publishing companies are also invited to nominate their products and services in 15 different categories. Award categories include the following and more:

      • Special Education Solution
      • Social and Emotional Learning Solution
      • Support for English Language Learners
      • Online & Blended Learning Excellence
      • Outstanding Impact During the COVID-19 Crisis
      • Best Books for Educators and Students
      • Technology Leadership
      • Resilient Schools
      • Outstanding Support Staff
      • General and Special Education Teachers

The nomination process will open from April 19 through June 30. Candidates will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges relevant to their nomination categories, and finalists and winners will be announced in September. Nominees, finalists, and winners will receive a variety of recognitions and benefits, including digital award badges, article and interview opportunities, media recognition, social media highlights, and more.

“We founded the American Consortium for Equity in Education with the goal of bringing together educators and industry to work toward equity. By introducing the first-ever Excellence in Equity Awards to honor the teachers, administrators, companies, and nonprofits who make a meaningful impact every day, we’re taking the next step forward in our mission,” said Larry Jacobs, President of the Consortium. “I’m excited to learn about the work our nominees are doing and to amplify their stories through our media platforms.”

To ensure a great experience for all participants and enhance the impact of messaging about the importance of equity and access for all learners, sponsors are invited at all levels, including overall program-level sponsors and individual category sponsorships. Contact to learn more.

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The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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