COVID-19 has created unprecedented obstacles to learning, for educators and school administrators. Yet even in the face of this disruption last year, educators and school administrators found innovative ways to keep learning going and help our kids succeed.

The Everyday Champion Award

This year, NCLD will once again present the Everyday Champion Award to recognize the heroic and outstanding achievements made during the COVID-19 Pandemic.   

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

NCLD will give 2 awards, each in the amount of $5,000.00. We’ll present these awards to one (1) educator*,  and one (1) administrator. The recipients of the 2021 NCLD Everyday Champion Award will be honored at NCLD’s Annual Benefit, virtually, in November.

*A 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.

Awards

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 not 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 August 2, 2021. The finalist will be contacted on August 6, 2021.

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 not 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 August 2, 2021. The finalist will be contacted on August 6, 2021.

Apply here!

Nominations & Criteria

Nominations for the Everyday Champion Award must be submitted through the online application.

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 August 2, 2021. The finalist will be contacted on August 6, 2021.

Who may make nominations? Nominations may be made by any parent, teacher, community members, or administrators. Individuals may not nominate themselves.

*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

  • August 2, 2021: Online application closes. Only complete applications will be considered.
  • August 6, 2021: NCLD will notify finalists. Each finalist and their nominator will submit a 100 word biography and short video (3-5 minutes)
  • August 20, 2021: Finalist bio and video due
  • September 21, 2021: Award recipient notified 
  • November 2021: Award recipient virtually honored at NCLD Annual Benefit

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