Following are nomination criteria for each of the ACE Award categories. The criteria for each award are centered around the four basic qualities of potential, team, community and communication. Although the underlying qualities are the same, the details of those qualities differ in each category, so please read carefully the specifics of your nominee’s category. Your nomination should include detailed examples about how the nominee meets the specified criteria.

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A teacher or other licensed specialist (e.g. counselor, librarian, speech and language pathologist, etc.) who is a champion in education and...

Guides Students to Reach Their Full Potential

  • Demonstrates broad knowledge of instructional practices
  • Encourages students to learn and enjoy their learning
  • Engages students’ interests

Instructional Leader and Team Player

  • Provides inspiration and support
  • Mentors students and staff
  • Places students’ needs first

Positive Member of the Community

  • Positively influences school community
  • Participates in various aspects of the school
  • Actively contributes to the community

Excellent Communicator

  • Articulates ideas for students
  • Communicates often and effectively with parents and staff
  • Advocates for the school and district

An administrator, manager or supervisor who is a champion in education and...

Develops Potential in Students and Staff

  • Builds capacity of staff in order to facilitate student learning
  • Encourages students to learn and enjoy their learning
  • Initiates student achievement programs

Organizational Leader and Team Player

  • Provides inspiration and support
  • Acts as role model for students and staff
  • Places students’ needs first

Leader in the Community

  • Positively influences school community
  • Participates in various aspects of the school
  • Actively contributes to the community; community service

Excellent Communicator

  • Shares educational vision of the school and district
  • Communicates often and effectively with students, staff, parents and community
  • Advocates for the school, district and education

A classified employee (e.g. school secretary, custodian, bus driver, educational assistant) who is a champion in education and...

Encourages Students to Reach Their Full Potential

  • Supports educational mission
  • Encourages students to learn and enjoy their learning
  • Enhances quality of student experience

Team Player

  • Provides inspiration and support
  • Mentors students, staff and peers
  • Places students’ needs first

Supports the School Community

  • Positively influences school community
  • Fosters a safe and positive school environment
  • Initiates improvements in school programs and services

Outstanding Communicator

  • Communicates effectively with students
  • Collaborates with other staff
  • Represents interests of the school and district

A volunteer who is a champion in education and...

Inspires Students to Reach Their Full Potential

  • Supports students’ needs
  • Encourages students to learn and enjoy their learning
  • Enhances quality of student experience

Commitment to the Team

  • Provides inspiration and mentorship
  • Demonstrates dedication to school and district needs
  • Brings personal skills and experience to enhance the team

Supports the School Community

  • Provides consistent resources/time
  • Addresses significant needs of the school
  • Bridges school and larger community

Key Communicator

  • Shares stories and experiences that positively impact students
  • Relates to students and staff
  • Brings community voice to the school and district