You know that person on your campus or in your district who makes magic happen with technology? The one who goes the extra mile to inspire others and enhance learning? Take a few moments to recognize the amazing difference that educator makes with students, colleagues, or the entire district community by nominating them for a TCEA Educator Award or Scholarship.

In addition to the honor of recognition, award finalists each receive a cash prize of $500, with recipients receiving a cash prize of $1,000. All finalists and recipients also receive a plaque to commemorate the award.  In lieu of a cash prize, School Board Award winners will each receive a TCEA 2020 Convention registration, plus hotel accommodations for two nights.

Nominations will run September 1 through October 31, with finalists being notified in early December. All finalists will be honored, and recipients announced, during a formal awards ceremony at the 2020 TCEA Convention & Exposition in Austin, TX on February 5, 2020.

Purpose
TCEA’s Annual Educator Awards recognize excellence in the integration of technology in schools. We present these awards, also known as Golden Apples, to some of the most innovative and engaging educators. In addition to the honor of recognition, award finalists each receive a cash prize of $500, with recipients receiving a cash prize of $1,000. All finalists and recipients also receive a plaque to commemorate the award.  In lieu of a cash prize, School Board Award winners will each receive a TCEA 2020 Convention registration, plus hotel accommodations for two nights.

We present the awards at a formal awards ceremony and reception during TCEA’s Annual Convention & Exposition in February.

Eligibility & Instructions
This award is open to all public, private, and parochial educators. All nominees must be members of TCEA except those applying for School Board of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. (Non-members may submit membership and dues at the time of entry). Previous nominees are eligible and encouraged to enter. Active TCEA board members, staff, or family are not eligible to receive this award.

Use this form to nominate for High Impact Teacher of the Year, Librarian/Media Specialist of the Year, Technical Support Person of the Year, Instructional Technology Specialist of the Year, District or Campus Administrator of the Year, or Technology Administrator of the Year.

View Award Rubric here.


Purpose
This award is presented to a professional educator who has worked tirelessly to advance the use of technology in education.


Eligibility
The Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of Technology in Education award is open to all public, private, and parochial educators with 20 or more years of experience as an educator. Active TCEA board members, staff, or family are not eligible to receive this award.

Purpose
This award is presented to a School Board who recognizes the importance of technology in the teaching and learning process and actively promotes the use of technology throughout the district.


Eligibility
The School Board of the Year award is open to all district School Boards.  Active TCEA board members, staff, or family are not eligible to receive this award.

View Award Rubric here.

The Robert E. Knight Professional Scholarship was established in 2007 to honor TCEA's first executive director.

  • Must be a member of TCEA (Non-members may submit membership dues at the time of entry.)
  • Be employed full time in the field of education
  • Use the scholarship money for expenses incurred in achieving a higher education degree (masters or doctorate) in the fields of educational or instructional technology
  • Have not previously received the scholarship
  • Active TCEA board members, staff, or family are not eligible to receive this award.

 These $1,000 scholarships assist practicing educators in achieving a higher education degree in the field of educational or instructional technology. The scholarship recipients are honored during the TCEA Annual Educator Awards Ceremony that takes place during our annual convention in February. One graduate scholarship is available per year. 

  • Be a full time student at a college or university (12 hours or more)
  • Have successfully completed at least 24 hours of college
  • Be pursuing a career in education
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on a scale of 4.0
  • Have not received the scholarship previously
  • Active TCEA board members, staff, or family are not eligible to receive this award.

These $1,000 scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are pursuing a career in education. The scholarships were named for the late Richard A. Brown. 

The Jeri Hodges Leadership Scholarship was established in 2012 to honor a former TCEA board member and leader in the field of instructional technology.

  • Must be a member of TCEA (Non-members may submit membership dues at the time of entry.)
  • Be employed full time in the field of education
  • Use the money to attend professional development activities that will increase knowledge of educational technology
  • Have not received the scholarship previously
  • Active TCEA board members, staff, or family are not eligible to receive this award.

 These $500 scholarships are for use in attending professional development activities that will increase knowledge of educational technology. 

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