Excellence in Education Shining Star Awards

A virtual tribute to educators April 29, 2021!

The Excellence in Education Shining Star Awards program is an all-inclusive recognition of the outstanding achievements of K-16 educators in the Fox Cities region. A skilled workforce of tomorrow relies on high quality education today, and this event acknowledges and celebrates the unparalleled contributions of educators working and shining in Fox Cities’ schools, colleges, universities, and other educational settings.

The 2021 awardees were honored at a virtual ceremony on Thursday, April 29. 

This year's honorees represent a wide variety of communities and professional specialties, but the common thread of commitment to education, students, innovation, and learning during a trying pandemic year runs through all of this year's award recipients. This year only, the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce is also presenting a special award, "Heroes in COVID-19," to a school community that shined brightly during the overwhelming challenges of the past year.

Watch a replay of this year's event:

AWARDS AND HONOREES:

Educator of the Year
This award honors an educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of education in the Fox Cities region, and who has an inspiring presence that motivates and influences students, colleagues and the community ($1,000 unrestricted cash award and star award).

Excellence in Student Services Award
This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to supporting students in and outside the classroom to enhance the educational experiences and outcomes for students in K-16 education ($500 unrestricted cash award and star award).

The Excellence in Special Education Award
This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to serving and advocating for students with special needs in K-16 education ($500 unrestricted cash award and star award)

The Excellence in Career and Technical Education Award
This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to student success in career and technical education ($500 unrestricted cash award and star award).

Inclusive Excellence in Education Award
This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to a comprehensive practice of valuing, engaging, advocating for and celebrating the rich diversity of students enrolled in K-16 education ($500 unrestricted cash award and star award).

Excellence in Early Childhood Education Award
This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to children and families in the first five years of development and learning ($500 unrestricted cash award and star award).

The Excellence in K-12 Education Award, presented by U.S. Venture
This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to children and families enrolled in K-12 public or private education ($500 unrestricted cash award and star award).

The Excellence in Higher Education Award, Presented by the Boldt Company
This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to student success and/or the advancement of knowledge in higher education ($500 unrestricted cash award and star award).

Heroes in COVID Award
New for 2021 only: This award will go to a school community that shined brightly during the overwhelming challenges of COVID-19, and demonstrated best practices in: instruction delivery, safety, student/staff wellbeing, and innovative programming and student services. ($2,000 unrestricted cash award and star award). 

THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 EVENT SPONSORS:

       

 


2021 Nominations Process:

The Excellence in Education Shining Star Awards program recognizes the outstanding contributions of full-time K-16 educators in the Fox Cities region (Outagamie, Calumet and northern Winnebago counties). 

Nominations open January 11, 2021 and close February 26, 2021. No late submissions will be accepted. You may only nominate one educator in each category, but you may nominate more than one educator.

Who is eligible to win an award?

Who can nominate?

Teachers, administrators, community members, parents and students (18 or older) can all nominate an outstanding educator for an award.

Nominator responsibilities:

  1. Read the award categories and Idea Generator.
  2. Choose the award category that fits your nominee.
  3. Complete the entry form. Answer all the nomination questions with DETAILS!
  4. Submit and keep quiet!
  5. Participate in filming the recognition video if your nominee is selected.

What happens next?

  1. Nominations close February 26, 2021.
  2. The selection committee, made up of educators and employers, will score the nomination forms and choose one winner in each category. Winners in the first seven categories and three nominees for Educator of the Year (EOY) will be announced in early April. You will get a call if your nominee was selected in one of the categories or is in the running for EOY.
  3. We will set up a time for nominators to participate in a short video about your nominee for the awards program.

We will recognize and celebrate the award winners on April 29, 2021 and announce the Educator of the Year award winner at that time.

Nominations Idea Generator

Need help thinking about excellence in education?  Here are a few ideas to get you started:


The Fox Cities Chamber is committed to supporting and facilitating education and business partnerships to promote student success, workforce and economic development, and a high quality of life for all residents learning, growing, working, and living in the Fox Cities region. We recognize that educators are the preparers of the next generation of leaders and doers, and business/education partnerships are a true model for success!

For questions or interest in partnering with the Fox Cities Chamber for this great event, please email Katie Gaffney at kgaffney@foxcitieschamber.com.

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