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Title I Distinguished Schools

​Title I Schools that demonstrated exceptional student performance for two consecutive years or have significantly closed the achievement gap between student groups.

Federal ProgramsNo20
  
Alabama’s Best competition is open to any State certified School Bus Technician who wishes to compete at each ASTA Summer Conference.  The competition is based on National School Bus Standards in which Technicians are tested on Nation-Wide.  The competition is divided into two sub-groups.  The first is School Bus Inspection Competition which covers and test standards in 4 content areas in which school buses are inspected on whether it be a local inspection or State DOT inspection.  Technicians are looking for non-compliant defects in the bus which are determined to be safety concerns or mandated out of service items on the bus.  Each station is timed while each competitor performs his/her inspection.

The second area of competition is that of School Bus Technician.  This is completely separate of the inspector category, and focuses on any area or operation of the school bus.  This competition usually applies theory of operation, diagnostics and drivability or troubleshooting of electrical, brake, engine, fuel, structure etc…. which is found on any school bus.  This is usually a competition that is applies both book/paper assessment as well as hands-on application.

Alabama's Best competition is open to any State certified School Bus Technician who wishes to compete at each ASTA Summer Conference.  The competition is based on National School Bus Standards in which Technicians are tested on Nation-Wide.  The competition is divided into two sub-groups.  The first is School Bus Inspection Competition which covers and test standards in 4 content areas in which school buses are inspected on whether it be a local inspection or State DOT inspection.  Technicians are looking for non-compliant defects in the bus which are determined to be safety concerns or mandated out of service items on the bus.  Each station is timed while each competitor performs his/her inspection.

 

The second area of competition is that of School Bus Technician.  This is completely separate of the inspector category, and focuses on any area or operation of the school bus.  This competition usually applies theory of operation, diagnostics and drivability or troubleshooting of electrical, brake, engine, fuel, structure etc…. which is found on any school bus.  This is usually a competition that is applies both book/paper assessment as well as hands-on application.

Pupil TransportationNo19
  
iChallenge Podcast Competition

​The Alabama Department of Education joins with Apple iTunes U to continue the gallery360° iChallenge Awards program. This program is designed to involve Alabama teachers, students, higher education faculty, informal educators (i.e. museums, labs, centers, etc., and other entities in the development of high-quality 21st Century learning resources.)

The contest runs from November through May and is sponsored by ALEX, the Alabama Learning Exchange.

While entries that follow a designated theme are encouraged, all submissions will be considered. Applicants across Alabama are invited to submit original video podcasts in a variety of educational areas to compete for the "Best in Class" awards in the following areas:

Best in Class Application Categories:

Alabama K-12 Teachers (K-8 Teacher Produced & 9-12 Teacher Produced)

Alabama K-12 Students (K-8 Student Produced & 9-12 Student Produced; must have Alabama Teacher Sponsor)

Alabama Higher Education Faculty

Alabama Higher Education Students (must have Alabama Faculty Member Sponsor)

Informal Education Organization (Museums, Learning Centers, Cultural Organizations)

Best Use of Theme

At-Large

The review panel reserves the right to withhold awards in any category in which entries fail to meet minimum standards using the ALEX Podcast Quality Scoring Guide. Entries that meet the ALEX Podcast Criteria will be posted to ALEX, and possibly shared with iTunes U at the discretion of the ALEX Podcast Review Panel, although only "Best in Class" Winners will receive awards.

Click here to view the Entry Rules for the iChallenge Podcast Competition

Educational TechnologyNo18
  
Annually schools are named to the list of Torchbearer Schools after a review of academic criteria.

In December 2004, the Alabama Leadership Academy at the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) conducted a book study on No Excuses: 21 Lessons From High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools by Samuel Casey-Carter.  This book highlights 21 high-poverty schools across America that have beat the odds associated with educating students of poverty, by refusing to tolerate excuses for their academic failure.  From that research, the Torchbearer Schools Program was created.

​In order to be in the Torchbearer Schools category (i.e., a high-poverty, high-performing school), a school must meet all of the following, as applicable:

  • Have at least 80 percent poverty rate (percent free/reduced meals).
  • Must be among the top 20 percent band of the state using proficiency of the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT+), the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE), and Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA) from 2012-2013 for Level III and for Level IV.
  • Have above the state average of students scoring Level IV on both the reading and the mathematics sections of the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT+).
  • Have at least 95 percent participation rate in the “all students” subgroup and all applicable Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) subgroups.
  • Have at least 95 percent of twelfth-grade students pass all required subjects of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE).
  • Have a graduation rate above the state average (high schools).
  • Not a Priority School.
  • Not a Focus School.
  • Be in existence at the time of the award.

     

Additional Rules:

    Poverty rate is rounded to the nearest whole number.
  • Rounding is not used when determining if the criteria is met.
  • Calculations include only students who are full academic year (September 1 to testing window).
  • Partial credit is not given for Level II.
  • Poverty rate is taken from the official fall SDE extract (20 days after Labor Day).

 

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ACCESS Awards

​The ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide) Distance Learning Program, Technology Initiatives, began recognizing outstanding ACCESS LEA staff in 2010. 

Winners are selected by a panel from nominations sent in by the three ACCESS Support Centers at The University of Alabama, Troy University, and Madison City Board of Education. Winners are then recognized and presented their awards each year during the Alabama Educational Technology Conference held at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.

Winners are chosen from nominations in five categories:

  • ​Administrator
  • ​Counselor
  • Facilitator
  • Student
  • Teacher 

Please consider nominating someone or applying yourself for these categories. To apply, print the specific sheet and complete the information needed. All nomination information should be sent to your ACCESS Support Center. The deadline for submission of completed packets is April 1. 

You may contact your support center or call 334-242-9594 for more information. "Nomination, Criteria, and Judging Information" sheets for each of the five categories are available as well.

Educational TechnologyNo16
  
Marbury Technology Innovation Award

The "Chiquita Marbury Technology Innovation Award," sponsored by the Alabama State Department of Education, is awarded each year in honor of Chiquita Marbury's invaluable years of service as a technology innovator in Alabama. The award is presented each year during the Opening General Session at the Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC). Ms. Marbury was a passionate visionary in technology integration and led the charge to help educators in the state toward improved teaching, leading, and learning through technology. One of Ms. Marbury's many contributions was as the director and original organizer of the successful statewide training initiative, Technology in Motion. Exemplary educators receive awards in the following categories:

  • Elementary Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • School Administrator
  • District Technology Coordinator
  • Superintendent/Central Office Staff


    Nominations for the Marbury Technology Innovation Award open each year in April. Once opened, nomination forms will be available on this page. Nominees are judged based upon the following five (5) criteria:

    1. Innovation and Creativity (25 points)

    2. Impact on Teaching and Learning (25 points)

    3. Leadership (25 points)

    4. Teamwork (15)

    5. Scholarship (10 points)

    Transforming learning one child at a time was Marbury's daily pursuit. This passion is continues through the Marbury Technology Innovation Award program.
Educational TechnologyNo15
  
National Youth Science Camp (NYSC)

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a residential four week science education program that honors and challenges two graduating high school science students from each state. Scientists from across the nation present lectures and hands-on science seminars. Delegates are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members. All expenses are paid by NYSC. 


For an application, contact Dr. Carolyn Townsend via email at​ ctownsend@alsde.edu or visit www.nysc.org​ for more information. ​

Instructional ServicesNo14
  
State Superintendent's Visual Arts Exhibit

The  annual State Superintendent's Visual Arts Exhibit Competition highlights the visual arts talent of students in Grades 7-12 from across the state.

 

Alabama public school systems were allowed to submit 15 pieces of artwork chosen by district officials for the showcase. Entries from Grades K-12 are accepted, but only the higher grades are judged and exhibited.

 

Awards include Best of Show, First-, Second- and Third-Place divisional winners for Category I (two-dimensional work) and Category II (photography or computer-generated work). The award-winning students and their visual arts instructors are recognized.

 

 "The visual arts contribute powerful education benefits to all students and are vital to meeting the needs of the whole child beyond, and in support of foundational academic requirements," said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice. "The Alabama State Department of Education congratulates all of the award-winning students and also commends their teachers for nurturing the talent of these talented young artists."


 

Alabama public school systems are allowed to submit 15 pieces of artwork chosen by district officials for the showcase. Entries from Grades K-12 are accepted, but only the higher grades are judged and exhibited. Over 400 pieces were submitted for consideration in the 2014 exhibit.

In addition to the Best of Show awardee, First-, Second- and Third-Place divisional winners were selected for Category I (two-dimensional work) and Category II (photography or computer-generated work). The award-winning students and their visual arts instructors are recognized at a celebratory luncheon following an Alabama State Board of Education meeting.

Sponsors of the exhibit include Christy Carl and the Alabama Historical Commission, the Alabama Art Education Association, the Alabama Alliance for Arts in Education, the Alabama Arts License Tag Grant and the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts. Exhibits are featured in the Old Supreme Court Library of the Alabama State Capitol, free and open to the public. Call 334-242-3935 for hours of operation​.​


For additional information, contact Dr. Carolyn Townsend at ctownsend@alsde.edu​.​​
Instructional ServicesNo13
  
National Missing Children's Contest

The National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The single winning poster for the state of Alabama will be submitted to the DOJ for final judging. The state winner will be recognized at a State Board of Education Meeting. The single national winner, his/her teacher, and his/her parents will receive a trip to Washington to participate in the National Missing Children's Day ceremony. The national winner will also receive a U.S. Savings Bond. 

​For contest information and rules, contact Dr. Carolyn Townsend via email at ctownsend@alsde.edu​ or visit http://www.ojjdp.gov/programs/postercontest​

Instructional ServicesNo12
  
The Veteran High School Diploma Program

The Veteran High School Diploma Program awards high school diplomas to qualifying Korean, WWII, and Vietnam War veterans who left school before completing graduation to join the military during the war. The local superintendent will designate a person at each school to search through the high school archives to verify that the person for whom the request is being made was a student who left school before completing graduation to join the military. ​

For an application, contact Dr. Carolyn Townsend via email at ctownsend@alsde.edu.

Instructional ServicesNo11
  
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Contest

The To Kill a Mockingbird​ essay contest was created to honor author Harper Lee's induction into the Alabama Academy of Honor in 2001. Each school selects a winner for state competition. The state winner will receive $500 and $500 will also be awarded to the winner's school. ​​

For an application, visit http://honors.ua.edu/high-school-programs/to-kill-a-mockingbird/​.


For additional information, contact Dr. Carolyn Townsend at ctownsend@alsde.edu​.​
Instructional ServicesNo10
  
Math, Science, and Debate Competition

The Math, Science, and Debate Competition Program is sponsored by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) to provide financial assistance to ninth- through twelfth-grade public and private school math, science, and debate teams and individuals representing the state of Alabama ​at national competitions. Financial assistance contingent upon funding available to support the program. 

For an application, contact Dr. Carolyn Townsend via email at ctownsend@alsde.edu.

Instructional ServicesNo9
  
History Teacher of the Year Award

The History Teacher of the Year Program, administered by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, recognizes outstanding American History teachers from elementary through high school across the country. Eligibility for elementary and secondary applicants alternates yearly. A state committee selects a state winner who will ​receive $1,000 and a certificate. The winner's school also receives an archive of historical documents, named in honor of the teacher, to be used in the library or resource centers. The state level winner's name will be submitted for national competition and an opportunity to win $10,000. 

For an application or to nominate a teacher, visit ​http://www.gilderlehrman.org​.


For additional information, contact Dr. Carolyn Townsend at ctownsend@alsde.edu​.​
Instructional ServicesNo8
  
Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award - Earth Science

 

The Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award recognizes one K-8 educator for his or her leadership and innovation in Earth Science education. The award winning educator will receive $2,500 and a grant up to $1,000.​​

For an application go to ​www.agiweb.org​

For additional information, contact Dr. Carolyn Townsend at ctownsend@alsde.edu​.​
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​The Milken Family Foundation annually awards $25,000 each to outstanding educators throughout the United States, alternating each year between elementary and secondary teachers.

Outstanding educators who continue to learn are essential to the fostering of student growth, the improvement of schools, and the enhancement of the education profession.

The Milken Family Foundation annually awards $25,000 each to outstanding educators throughout the United States, alternating each year between elementary and secondary educators. 

The goals of the Milken Educator Awards are:

  • Honoring and rewarding outstanding K-12 educators for the quality of their teaching, their professional leadership, their engagement with families and the community, and their potential for even greater contribution to the healthy development of children.
  • Focusing public attention on the importance of excellent educators.
  • Encouraging able, caring, and creative people to choose the challenge, service, and adventure of teaching as a career.
  • Creating national and state networks of Milken Educators.
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​PAEMST is the nation's highest honors for K-12 mathematics and science teachers, and the program alternates each year between honoring elementary and secondary teachers.

PAEMST is the nation's highest honors for K-12 mathematics and science teachers, and the program alternates each year between honoring elementary and secondary teachers.

 

Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education.

 

In addition, recipients of the award receive:

  • A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
  • A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
  • A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
  • Resolutions from the Alabama State Board of Education in honor of their hard work.

     

    For more information about the program, visit www.paemst.org or contact Dr. Carolyn Townsend at ctownsend@alsde.edu​.​​
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​Green Ribbon Schools are those that have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the ALSDE for taking a comprehensive approach to greening their school.

​The U. S. Department of Education, Green Ribbon Schools Program, and the Alabama State Department of Education recognizes schools taking a comprehensive approach to greening their school, which includes incorporating environmental learning with improving environmental and health impacts.

 

Becoming a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School is a two-step process:

 

  • The first step is to complete and submit a form to be selected as a nominee by the Alabama Green Ribbon Schools Advisory Committee.

 

  • Once selected as a state nominee, the second step of the process requires signatures for the Nominee Presentation Form that will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) along with your application. 

 

  • Selection will be based on documentation of the applicant's high achievement in the three USDE Green Ribbon Schools Pillars: Reduced Environmental Impact and Costs; Improved Health and Wellness; and Effective Environmental and Sustainability Education.

 

Click here to learn more, or consult the USDE Green Ribbon Schools Green Strides Resources Page and Webinar Series for standards, programs and grants related to each Pillar, Element and Question. ​

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​The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' academic achievement.

T​he National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement. 

The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories:

  • The first category is "Exemplary High Performing," in which schools are recognized among their state's highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
  • The second category is "Exemplary Improving," in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.

To see the list of recent National Blue Ribbon Schools, or to learn more about the program, click here. ​

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The state Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and honors the many contributions of our classroom teachers.​
 
To download the Teacher of the Year Application Package and Program Guide, click here. ​
The state Teacher of the Year Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious award programs for teachers recognizes and honors the many contributions of our classroom teachers. The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the Voya Foundation.
  • To download the Teacher of the Year Application Package and Program Guide, click here. ​
  • To visit the National Teacher of the Year website, click here. ​
​ For more information, contact Ann Starks: (334) 242-9702,​ astarks@alsde.edu
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