Q. What is the Education Partner Awards program?
A. The Nassau BOCES Education Partner Awards program recognizes individuals and organizations that have had a measurable impact on public education in Nassau County.
Q. Who can be nominated for an award?
A. The awards program is open to everyone who is involved with, or is a supporter of, preschool to 12th grade or adult education in Nassau County. Nominees for the Nassau BOCES Education Partner Awards program can be from every walk of life. Previous nominees have included moms and dads, educators, coaches, business men and women, actors, attorneys, reporters, volunteers, legislators, college professors and retirees.
Q. Are there different award categories?
A. Yes. This year, for the first time nominations can be made for specific award categories. In addition to the Education Partner award category, which is open to individuals from all walks or life, you can also enter nominations in five other special award categories. These categories, listed below, allow for a greater number and variety of honorees. And, for the first time organizations can be nominated.
• Education Partner (open to all)
• Nassau BOCES employees
• School Board Members
Q. Can anyone submit a nomination?
A. Yes. And now with a variety of award categories, it’s easier than ever to make a nomination. Our goal is to increase the number of nominations we get each year. Help us show appreciation for outstanding candidates for the award by nominating an individual or an organization today.
Q. What do I have to do to nominate someone?
A. The nomination process is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Nominations can be made using our online electronic form on our website or by downloading a form. Here’s what you’ll need to make a nomination: your nominee’s contact information, your contact information and a brief essay telling us why you are nominating this person or organization and how they personify the spirit of educational partnerships, (up to 250 words; worth 75 of 100 points) and one example of how the person or organization has made a difference for public education and the measurable impact they have had on public education in Nassau County (up to 100 words; worth 25 of 100 points).
Q. Can I save my nomination and come back to it at a later date?
A. Yes. If you’d like to save your form to come back to and complete at a later time, we recommend downloading a nomination form here. Save it to your computer and submit it when you are ready by following the instructions on the form.
Q. Can I nominate more than one person?
Q. Is there a deadline for nominations?
A. Yes. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.
Q. Who’s judging the nominations?
A. Judges for the Nassau BOCES Education Partner Awards program comprise a committee of distinguished educators and community leaders.
Q. What constitutes a winning nomination?
A. Judges score nominations solely on the information provided on the nomination form — so you should present evidence of the person’s influence when completing the nomination form. Think reach, think impact and provide strong information (numbers, percentages, dollars or other statistics) about the nominee’s activities and successes. When writing the essay, feel free to use anecdotes, examples and other details that will make the nominee stand out from all the others.
Q. When will the winners be announced?
A. Winners will be announced in January 2013. Honorees will be recognized at a gala awards dinner sponsored by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation on March 21, 2013.