This year marks 45 years of helping improve the 1 in 5 lives of children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues for NCLD. Looking back at the many achievements accomplished, we could not do this without our Educators and Administrators’ heroic and outstanding work for children nationwide.

To help recognize educators and administrators who continue to make exceptional things happen by providing support, resources, and advocate for those with learning and attention issues despite a tumultuous couple of years. NCLD once again presents the Everyday Champion Award to recognize these achievements and honor a courageous and innovative educator and administrator.

We’ll honor 2 courageous and innovative, educators and administrators who have gone the extra mile in supporting students with LD and have developed new creative instructional methods that have worked during the pandemic and continue in the coming school years.

NCLD plans to give out two awards, each in the amount of $5,000. We’ll present these awards to one (1) educator* and one (1) administrator – in November, the 2022 NCLD Everyday Champion Award recipients will be honored at NCLD’s annual in-person benefit.

*A special education or general education teacher, or related services or specialized instructional support provider including, but not limited to– occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, school psychologist.

Awards & Criteria

The Educator Award

The nominee is someone who has provided innovative and impactful services to advance the success for students with learning and attention issues, above and beyond the requirements of their job description. The essence of teaching is not solely in the classroom but the effective creation of situations in which learning takes place.

Who may make nominations? Nominations may be made by any parent, teacher, community members, or administrators. Individuals may nominate themselves.

What are the eligibility requirements? All K-12 educators (special education or general education teacher, or a related services or specialized instructional support provider including, but not limited to– occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, school psychologist) presently serving in full time capacity.

What is the Selection Criteria?

 Note: The list of criteria is not an exhaustive list and other qualities of excellence exist.

  • Dedication to students with learning and attention issues and their families
  • Individual models integrity, fairness, compassion, and resiliency
  • Ability to use a range of approaches to learning and uses creative and innovative way to support student with disabilities
  • Provides direct services to students with learning and attention issues
  • Advocates for persons with learning disabilities

When must nominations be submitted? The nomination round for the Everyday Champion Award for Administrators will close on July 11, 2022.

Apply here!

The Administrator Award

The nominee is someone who has provided innovative and outstanding support to advance the success for students with learning and attention issues, above and beyond the requirements of their job description. The individual has made exemplary contributions to the operations to aid in the creation situations in which learning takes place.

Who may make nominations? Nominations may be made by any parent, teacher, community members, or administrators. Individuals may nominate themselves.

What are the eligibility requirements?  Principal, Assistant Principal, Special Education Administrator and Superintendent.

What are the selection criteria?

 Note: The list of criteria is not an exhaustive list and other qualities of excellence exist.

  • Dedication to students with learning and attention issues and their families
  • Individual models integrity, fairness, compassion, and resiliency
  • Provides school leadership in developing and carrying out instructional or social practices to promote achievement and participation of students with learning and attention issues
  • Provides outstanding support for students with learning disabilities at the administrator level that:
    • Creates a cultures of valuing, sharing, and celebrating students with learning and attention issues within the school community
    • Advocates for persons with learning disabilities

When must nominations be submitted? The nomination round for the Everyday Champion Award for Administrators will close on July 11, 2022.

Apply here!

*If you have any trouble accessing the application, please contact Tstiger@ncld.org.

Nominations

Nominations for the Everyday Champion Award must be submitted through this online application. Please note that an account needs to be created before making a nomination, which only takes less than a minute.

The nominator must complete:

  • The application information section
  • Answers to three (3) questions

When must nominations be submitted? The nomination round for the Everyday Champion Award for Administrators will close on July 11, 2022. The finalist will be contacted on July 22, 2022.

Who may make nominations? Nominations may be made by any parent, teacher, community members, or administrators.

Can I nominate myself? YES! This year we welcome self-nominations.

*It is recommended that a nominator complete the essay questions in a separate word processing program and then copy and paste them into the online form.

Awards Schedule

  • July 11, 2022: Online application closes. Only complete applications will be considered.
  • July 22, 2022: NCLD will notify finalists. Each finalist and their nominator will submit a 100 word biography and short video (3-5 minutes)
  • August 7, 2022: Finalist bio and video due
  • September 26, 2022: Award recipient notified
  • November 9, 2022: Award recipients will be honored in person at the NCLD Annual Benefit

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