- Follow the instructions! The primary reason a nomination is not selected to receive an award is because the nominator did not follow the instructions. Use concrete examples to support your statements (i.e., don’t say, “She always celebrates diversity;” say, “She is responsible for organizing the school’s first multicultural training, an annual Cinco de Mayo celebration and organized assemblies featuring speakers of different cultural backgrounds.”).
- Ask for help. You’ll need it. There will be things you don’t know; for example, how many years the person has been teaching. It also helps to have a group of people who feel the same way as you about the potential nominee, and you can brainstorm examples of his/her excellence.
- Diversify the perspective. Get people other than yourself to write letters or enhance your narrative. It’s better to hear from several different perspectives. Letters from a business partner and a parent give the selection team more information about the nominees’ dealings outside the school building. If these folks aren’t willing/able to write a letter of recommendation, go ahead and include some of their thoughts in your narrative (i.e., use quotes and label them with who said them.)
- Catch the mistakes before we do. Read over the nomination yourself and have someone else read it. Since the selection team usually does not know the nominee, the quality of the nomination packet is as important as the quality of the nominee.
- Let your true feelings show through. The selection team will wade through pages of nominations before coming together to select the recipients. The easiest way to make your nomination stand out is to provide details and touching examples of your nominee’s outstanding abilities within the context of the provided guidelines. You wouldn’t be nominating this person if you didn’t think he/she was the greatest. Get that point across!
Go to Tips for Submitting a Nomination.