Each year, the National Association of State Boards of Education recognizes distinguished leaders for their contributions to improving education for all children. Two awards are given to individuals: the “Policy Leader of the Year” and “Friend of Education” awards. Up to three “Distinguished Service” awards are given to state board members from across the country for their outstanding contributions to education. The Board of Directors may also designate a “David A. Kysilko Award” winner, an individual who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to NASBE values and service of state boards of education. Winners are nationally recognized at NASBE’s Annual Conference each year.
The deadline for all award submissions is May 28, 2021. Please contact Sharon Cannon with questions about award nominations.
Policy Leader of the Year Award:
This award provides an opportunity to recognize the contributions to education made by national or state policymakers and education leaders. NASBE members may nominate individuals (other than members of state boards of education) who have specifically had an impact on education policy and the education system, either in their role as national policymakers and administrators, or as citizens who have contributed to the improvement of education through venues such as national commissions, task forces, or other significant boards and organizations.
Friend of Education Award:
This award provides an opportunity to recognize citizens or organizations whose primary work may be outside the realm of education policy and education systems, but whose contributions to education are significant and enduring. NASBE members may nominate a person or organization (for example, individuals or organizations from the fields of business, the arts, entertainment, or sports), whose past or current efforts on behalf of education are deemed to be of outstanding benefit to the students in our nation’s schools, to the people who work in the field of education, and to the quality of American education overall.
Distinguished Service Award(s):
This award provides an opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions to education made by state board of education members from across the country. NASBE members may nominate for national recognition current or recently retired board members whose efforts on behalf of education are deemed to be of outstanding benefit to the quality of American education and the shaping of its future.