MN Accolades August 2021
Teacher of the Year
The Minnesota Teacher
of the Year program, now in its 57th year, is the oldest and most
prestigious recognition program in Minnesota to honor excellence in
education. The program chooses one teacher to represent Minnesota's
thousands of excellent educators.
Natalia Benjamin, a high school
English learner and ethnic studies teacher at Century High School
in Rochester, was named 2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
nominees must meet these criteria:
Teach in a public or nonpublic Pre-K through 12th-grade
school or ECFE or Adult Basic Education program, working at least 50
percent of the time directly with students.
Hold a bachelor’s degree and a Minnesota teaching
Have completed five years of teaching by the nomination
Intend to teach for the full following school year after
For more information, call Ashley Behrens at 651-292-4862 or
Nominations should be open in Fall 2021.
WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Program
Outstanding Educator Awards Program was created in 1998 by the WEM
Foundation in support of teachers and their important role in helping all
students achieve academically and seeks to bring recognition to the often
"unsung heroes" who meet the challenges of teaching in a variety of
partnership with The Minnesota Service Cooperatives, administers the award
program on behalf of the WEM Foundation. Educators, administrators
and academic challenge coaches from Minnesota public or non-public schools
and educational institutions are eligible.
2021 Program Dates
December 4, 2020
— Nomination Deadline
January 8, 2021 — Application
January 25, 2021 — Pre-Screen
February 26, 2021 — Blue Ribbon
March/April 2021 — State Honorees
May 2021 — Regional Honorees
May 22, 2021 — WEM Awards Brunch
Information Contact - Leah Garry 507-389-5115
Educator of the Year Award
Each year MMEA is proud to
sponsor the Hall of Fame Awards and Music Educator of the Year Award to
Minnesota music educators nominated by peers. The Hall of Fame Awards
celebrates significant career contributions to music education in Minnesota.
Music Educator of the Year for demonstrated excellence in music teaching and
Your participation through
nominating your colleagues and teachers is encouraged. Deadlines for
nomination typically fall in June each year. The deadline for 2021 has been
extended to September 15. Nominations remain open throughout the summer.
The ACTE Excellence Awards recognize those individuals who
have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the
highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to
promote and expand CTE programs. Award winners serve as inspirational
leaders to ACTE: they embody the core values of serving their students and
being committed to CTE. All ACTE Excellence Awards are presented at the ACTE
There are eight (8) Excellence Awards.
student deserves to be taught by an accomplished teacher. national board
certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished
teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is
the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.
Rural Educator (MREA) Awards
Educator of Excellence Awards
Distinguished Service Award
Nominations are due February 28. Honorees will be recognized at MREA’s
Awards Ceremony & Banquet in November.
Questions? Call the MREA Office at (320) 762-6574 or toll free at (833)
Superintendent of the Year Award
Superintendent of the Year program pays tribute to the talent and vision of
the men and women who lead our state’s public schools. Any superintendent,
chancellor, or top leader of a school system in Minnesota who plans to
continue in the profession may be nominated.
nomination deadline was Aug. 1, 2021.
NAESP National Distinguished Principal® Award
National Distinguished Principal® (NDP) Program was established in 1984 as
an annual event to honor exemplary elementary and middle school principals
who set the pace, character, and quality of the education children receive
during their early school years.
application and nomination forms for the 2022 NDP will be available this
fall from NAESP.
Nomination forms will be due January 1, 2022 and the application will be due
January 28, 2022.
NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal AwardTM
and MESPA are committed to preparing assistant principals to step into the
principal role. We honor PreK-8 assistant principals who are doing a superb
job in their roles. This program promotes educational excellence for
pre-kindergarten through eighth grade (PreK-8) schooling and calls attention
to the fundamental importance of the assistant principal.
assistant principal! Do you know an outstanding assistant principal? We will
notify the nominee once the official NAESP application is available (fall
Applications due November 12, 2021: Applicants must submit a complete
application, letters of reference, and a high-quality digital
headshot. Application and additional details to come (fall 2021).
Principals of the Year
Association of Secondary School Principals
Blue Ribbon School Recognition – Minnesota schools
National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators,
families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where
students master challenging and engaging content. Schools are honored in one
of two performance categories, based on all student scores, student group
scores and graduation rates:
High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing
schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest
performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s
student groups and all students.
The U.S. Department of Education usually announces the new
National Blue Ribbon Schools in September of the year after a school's
initial nomination. The recognition ceremony takes place in mid-fall.
more about the National Blue Ribbon School Program
Ribbon Schools Program
The aim of
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire
schools, districts, and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to strive
for 21st-century excellence by highlighting promising school sustainability
practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award
recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that:
environmental impact and costs;
the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
effective environmental and sustainability education
progress in ALL three of these areas, known as Pillars, serves as the basis
Honored schools, school districts, and IHEs are announced
each spring. The selectees are invited to a fall ceremony in Washington,
D.C. where they receive a sustainable plaque; are the subject of media
attention; and their efforts are celebrated.
MN School of Excellence Program
MESPA endorses schools whose principal, staff, students, and
community -- working as a team -- demonstrate the desire to strengthen
education by successfully undertaking the Minnesota School of Excellence
program. This school improvement process is recognized by the Minnesota
Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School
Principals. It involves a systematic program of self-study, development of a
school improvement plan, and implementation of the plan based on
Intent due October 29, 2021
Applications due June 1, 2022