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.

We present the awards during TCEA’s Annual Convention & Exposition in February.

Eligibility & Instructions: These awards are 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 these awards.

Nominations will be accepted beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2020, and will remain open through Saturday, October 31, 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.

We present the awards during TCEA’s Annual Convention & Exposition in February.

Use this form to nominate yourself or another individual 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.

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.

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.  We award the scholarships during TCEA’s Annual Convention & Exposition 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.  We award the scholarships during TCEA’s Annual Convention & Exposition in February. 

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.  We award the scholarships during TCEA’s Annual Convention & Exposition in February. 

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