Arizona Community Education Association (AZCEA) Awards

Community Educators do not have to look far to find colleagues or programs in Arizona doing amazing work for the children and families they serve. Arizona Community Education Association is proud to recognize these Community Educators and programs at its annual conference each spring in the following Categories:

All award nominations must be submitted by March 1, 2020.  Click on each award category to submit nominations.
 

Please note, previous award winners may not be nominated for the same category for a three-year period following their selection as an award winner.

Program of the Year: District- Wide (Visa Gift Card award of $300):

o   Excellence in overall program design and delivery

o   Meets the needs of the community

o   Participants could include anyone from infants to adults

o   Must be a district-wide program as opposed to a single site

o   A total of 1 recipient may be awarded each year

Program of the Year: Site specific (Visa Gift Card award of $300): 

o   Excellence in overall program design and delivery

o   Meets the needs of the community

o   Participants could include anyone from infants to adults

o   Must be a site specific program as opposed to being district-wide

o   A total of 1 recipient may be awarded each year

Program Leader of the Year (Visa Gift Card award of $150/each):

o   Exemplify what it means to lead a team of individuals to successfully implement a high quality program

o   Must work directly with the program line staff at the specific location they are assigned

o   A total of 3 recipients may be awarded each year. One from each of the following:

   §  1-5 employees supervised

   §  6-10 employees supervised

   §  11+ employees supervised

Office Staff of the Year (Visa Gift Card award of $150/each):

o   Consistently go above and beyond to help deliver outstanding customer service to all customers both internal and external

o   May be responsible for specific projects and outcomes or provide general customer service

o   A total of 3 recipients may be awarded each year

Program Line Staff/Rookie of the Year (Visa Gift Card award of $150/each):

o   Consistently go above and beyond to help deliver outstanding programming

o   May be responsible for specific projects and outcomes such as:

   §  on-site support for outside user groups who rent district space (i.e., custodian, ranger, etc.)

   §  supervision of students in preschool and out-of-school time programs

o   Must work on the “front line” with program participants

o   A total of 4 recipients may be awarded each year:  3 Line Staff and 1 Rookie

Administrator/Regional Leader of the Year (Visa Gift Card award of $150/each):

o   Proven track record of leading teams across multiple programs and/or locations

o   Through their efforts, continuous quality improvement thrives as well as overall program and/or department effectiveness and efficiency

o   Must be responsible for total program oversight across multiple types of programs and/or locations

o   Could be considered district administrators or support staff, but they must have full supervisory responsibility for teams of individuals as well as complete budgetary oversight

o   A total of 3 recipients may be awarded each year

Community Educator of the Year (Visa Gift Card award of $400):

o   Repeatedly exhibits leadership in all aspects of their work which results in a high level of community impact for a significant amount of time

o   Must have at least 15 years of service

o   Is identified as a leader in the work/field

o   Does not have to be in a defined leadership role (i.e., program leader, administrator, regional leader), but instead could support their department or program from any position

o   Only 1 recipient may be awarded each year

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