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Awards & Grants

TSTA offers several opportunities to recognize outstanding educators, education support personnel, regional and local associations, media representatives, businesses, and other individuals or organizations that support public education. Recognize your peers and community partners in education through TSTA’s annual awards program. Winners are presented awards at the TSTA House of Delegates.


Organizing Center For Public Affairs

Nominations for the following awards must be submitted to the Organizing Center for Public Affairs by the deadline indicated in order to be eligible for an award in the current year. For details or nomination forms, call 877-ASK-TSTA, ext. 1292 toll free or email clairem@tsta.org.

Instructional Awards (Deadline: Plan Submission November 1 /
Documentation March 15)

Instructional Awards are noncompetitive awards to recognize local associations for planned activities and accomplishments that incorporate certain strands of the NEA Priority Schools Initiative into local planning. Three levels of award—Instructional, Executive Director and President—are available, depending on the number of initiatives included in the local plan. Go to Teaching & Learning for details.

School Bell Awards (Deadline: January 31)

Multiple award categories recognize outstanding media coverage of education issues and events. Categories of awards include: (1) Newspapers and Magazines, (2) Radio, (3) Television, and (4) Electronic Media. Nominations are accepted from any TSTA local or regional affiliate or by media self-nomination. Nominations should cover broadcast or publications over the calendar year (January 1 – December 31). Download our School Bell Awards instruction booklet and the nomination form, both in PDF format. Nominations should be returned to: TSTA Organizing Center for Public Affairs, 316 West 12th Street, Austin, TX 78701.

Pride in Communications Awards (Deadline: March 1)

Pride in Communications awards recognize outstanding local/regional association newsletters and web sites. Entries are judged on the extent to which the local and/or regional association programs are identified and explained. If you have someone you'd like to nominate, download the entry form (PDF format). Entries should be returned to: TSTA Communications, 316 West 12th Street, Austin, TX 78701.


Organizing Center for Executive and Governance

Nominations for the following awards must be submitted to the Organizing Center for Executive and Governance (CEG) by the deadline indicated in order to be eligible for an award in the current year. For details or nomination forms call 877-ASK-TSTA, ext. 1510 or email anezkac@tsta.org.

All-Star Association Representative (All-Star AR) Awards

This award recognizes exemplary leadership at the building or worksite level. For details or nomination forms call 877-ASK-TSTA, ext. 1510 or email anezkac@tsta.org.

Leaders for Tomorrow Awards

This award recognizes members who demonstrate characteristics of future leaders. For details or nomination forms call 877-ASK-TSTA, ext. 1510 or email anezkac@tsta.org.

Ronnie Ray ESP Advocate of the Year Award
(Deadline: first Monday in March)

Each year one Education Support Professional (ESP) receives the Ronnie Ray ESP of the Year Award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to their schools, communities, and profession. The ESP of the Year serves as an ambassador for Education Support Professionals around the state, promoting the value of ESP members. Nominations are accepted and encouraged from each local affiliate and each region is required to select one nominee to submit to the state ESP Committee. As of January 15, nominees must be a TSTA Educational Support Professional member (for three years) whose activities reflect contributions to public education and show outstanding accomplishments. The region’s nominee should follow the ESP Award Guidelines. Please return the required ESP Award Data Sheet and nomination information to your region president. Please contact the Center for Executive and Governance at anezkac@tsta.org for questions re: guidelines and forms.

Friend of Education Award (Deadline: December 1)

This award recognizes either (1) an individual who is not a professional educator who has made a significant contribution to the cause of public education or (2) an organization/company outside the field of education that has made an outstanding contribution in the field of education. Nominations are accepted from any TSTA member, local association, region, or other recognized TSTA group. The nomination form and supporting documentation should be returned to: Friend of Education Award Committee, c/o TSTA CEG, 316 West 12th Street, Austin, Texas 78701.

Social Justice Patriot Award (Deadline: first Monday in March)

This award recognizes Texas educators, TSTA local and regional associations, and other individuals or associations who are friends of education for distinguished service and contributions in promoting and/or encouraging professional and human rights activities. Return the nomination form to: Social Justice Patriot Award Committee, c/o TSTA CEG, 316 West 12th Street, Austin, Texas 78701.

NEA Human and Civil Rights Award (Postmark Deadline: December 10)

TSTA encourages its members and local or regional affiliates or to nominate an individual, organization and/or a region or local affiliate for an NEA Human and Civil Rights Award. For further information on the individual award categories and forms, please view NEA’s website at www.nea.org/annualmeeting/hcrawards or write NEA Human and Civil Rights, 1201 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-3290 (202-822-7709).

Ermalee Boice Instructional Advocacy Award
(Deadline: February 1 by 5:00 pm)

This award recognizes and promotes teaching excellence based on the following criteria: professional practice, advocacy for the profession, community engagement, leadership in professional development, and attention to diversity. The recipient of this award will be submitted as TSTA’s nominee for the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, so nominees for the Boice award should comply with the guidelines provided for the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence (www.neafoundation.org). All TSTA members are eligible for nomination provided they are also members of their local and the NEA. The nomination packet should be returned to: Ermalee Boice Award Committee, c/o TSTA CEG, 316 West 12th Street, Austin, Texas 78701.


NEA Foundation Grants

Learning & Leadership Grants (Deadline: Feb. 1, June 1 or Oct. 1)

These grants allow individuals to participate in high-quality professional development experiences and groups to participate in collegial study. http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/learning-and-leadership

Student Achievement Grants (Deadline: Feb. 1, June 1 or Oct. 1)

These grants improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/student-achievement-grants

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