In between the end of one
school year and the start of
another, let’s take a look at
the different ways NETA
members recognize the
contributions of their
Here’s a sampling of how
excellence is honored
around the country.
Blue Ridge PBS / Roanoke, Virginia
Blue Ridge PBS annually sponsors The McGlothlin Awards for Teaching
Excellence funded by the McGlothlin Foundation, Bristol
$25,000 awards to be given to a K-5 teacher, and a grade 6-12
teacher. A stipulation of the McGlothlin Award is that the winners must
use $10,000 of the
award for international travel. (Link to
The McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence is about to launch
its 11th year. The monetary value of these awards are
comparable to that
of the Pulitzer Prize and Milliken Awards, but are given only to teachers
in the Blue Ridge PBS region, thanks to the McGlothlin Foundation.
Unanticipated positive results include our ongoing relationships with
the nominees, the judges, and the instructional documentaries and
instructional resources created from the winners’ travels for
use with assistance from NETA Education Production Fund.
WSRE / Pensacola, Florida
is one of several sponsors of the Golden Apple Awards banquet
for the Escambia County School District, our largest school district.
Classroom vignettes are produced with each of the five finalists, and
are shown at the awards banquet before the winner is announced.
A television special is produced using those spots called “The Golden
Apple Awards: Celebrating Teaching Excellence,” which features the
Teacher of the Year winners from the three school districts in their
area, including also the educators from their college nominated to the
“Academy of Teaching Excellence.” The program is supplemented by
an article in our viewer guide, as well as photographs and information
on their Website.
addition, WSRE airs a congratulatory spot featuring every
the Year from each school – it airs right before the News Hour each
weekday. These run for months, highlighting well over a hundred teachers
from Northwest Florida schools. WSRE
Original Production Honors
UEN / Salt Lake City, Utah
ask educators to email them with info on a tech-using
that they would like to hear from. Our monthly feature offers inspiring
commentary from educators with a commitment to learning and using
technology in their classrooms. Take a look
See also: Utah’s
Golden Apple awards
WQLN / Erie, Pennsylvania
We have a local contest that recognizes local teachers nominated
their students. It is called Great Teachers: Making a Difference. After
our 3 winning student/teacher pairs are chosen through an essay contest,
we produce and air interstitials about the student/teacher pairs.
Additionally, we host a nice reception for our winners. More information
KET / Lexington, Kentucky
doesn't have a teachers’ awards program, but we do cite teacher
accomplishments in several ways. They are often featured in KET's
ongoing Visions (our monthly magazine) feature, "Making a Difference."
You can see a
collection of these stories online. Many of these teachers
are also featured in accompanying PSAs, which we show on-air and
often incorporate into presentations. We also feature them on the KET
EncycloMedia home page and in our consultant blogs
WGBY / Springfield, Massachusetts
WGBY works with the local Harold Grinspoon Foundation and
participates in their Teachers of Excellence program honoring about
150 teachers throughout the region each year. This is a great
collaboration for us because we can play a role in honoring these
teachers without having to incur the cost of planning banquets and
collecting donations for their gifts. (Link
KLRU / Austin, Texas
We actually honor family child care providers through the grant we
received from A PLACE OF OUR OWN/LOS NINOS EN SU CASA.
We have a luncheon to honor the child care providers selected for the
year and then produce a promo on the winning child care provider of
the year for Central Texas. We highlight the winners online too. (Link)
WHRO / Norfolk, Virginia
Each year we honor a number of teachers through our “Excellence
The winners are honored in perpetuity online.
The annual award presentation takes place at our Great Computer
These exemplary educators are also featured in our
is distributed to about 25,000 educators in our region. See the “At A
How do you recognize educational excellence
in your community’s schools?
The NETA Education Center would like to share your stories, ideas,
programs with the rest of your colleagues. Email
director of NETA Education Services, or call 803-799-5517, ext 112.