Nominations open for MEA Human Rights & Excellence Awards

As MEA members commit their careers to improving public education throughout the state, school employees continue to support their students’ desire to learn and their development as productive, empowered and successful citizens.

Each year, MEA honors teachers, education support professionals and higher education employees who go above and beyond to advance the cause of equal rights and educational opportunities for their students and communities.

To that end, nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 MEA Awards for Human Rights & Excellence. (Click here to download a nomination form.)

MEA members can nominate their colleagues now through Feb. 15, 2014, in one of the following categories:

  • Herman W. Coleman Human Rights Award, recognizing a program, a special event or a person that has demonstrably served to improve the quality of human relationships.

  • Connie Jackson Human Rights Award, given to MEA leaders who have championed the cause of ethnic minority members of the profession and demonstrated a commitment to the enhanced involvement of ethnic minority members of the MEA

  • David McMahon Human Rights Award, presented to individuals or groups outside of the MEA that distinguish themselves by courageously accepting the challenge of moral and ethical leadership in the field of human and civil rights.

  • Elizabeth Siddall Human Rights Award, recognizing MEA members who have developed and implemented programs that have enhanced international or intercultural awareness among educators and their students.

  • Maurine Wyatt Feminist Award, honoring educators — female or male — who exhibit a high degree of commitment in their professional and personal lives to feminism and human and civil rights for all people.

  • Paul Blewett Distinguished Service Award, given to the MEA member who in the previous year did the most to improve the lives of teachers, to further the goals of the MEA, or to further the cause of public education.

  • Excellence Awards, provided for outstanding performance and service in one several categories: Educational Excellence; Bilingual Education; Gender Equity, Multicultural Education; Education and Support of Persons with Disabilities; and Migrant Education.