North Carolina Education Summit on School and Community Engagement, 2012 Call To Action: Raising Expectations and Closing Gaps, September 24-26, 2012

Champions of Equity and Opportunity in Education Awards


Do you know an individual, educator, school, organization, community, or business that has acted to ensure equity and opportunity in education for ALL students? If so, please tell us.

At our September 2012 statewide North Carolina Education Summit on School and Community Engagement, the Howard N. Lee Institute for Equity and Opportunity in Education will present its Champions of Equity and Opportunity in Education Award to recognize and honor individuals, educators, schools, organizations, communities, and businesses that through leadership, sustained efforts, and advocacy have significantly impacted the lives of children to ensure every student is challenged and prepared for college, a career, and life. Their efforts may include, but are not limited to, advocacy on behalf of students, raising community awareness of educational disparities, implementation of student support programs such as mentoring, implementation of innovative instructional programs, and parent education programs. Nominations for emerging and innovative leadership, as well as longstanding accomplishments, are encouraged.

Eligibility Critria

To be considered for recognition, the prospective recipient must evidence:

  • demonstrated impact on increasing the success of North Carolina students
  • commitment to raising expectations and closing gaps for ALL students
  • integrity and character

Nomination Process

To nominate an individual, educator, school, organization, community, or business for the Champions of Equity and Opportunity in Education award, please complete the nomination form and submit it with three letters of support to:

Howard N. Lee Institute
For Equity and Opportunity in Education
P.O. Box 14570
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-4570

You may nominate more than one individual or organization; a separate form must be submitted for each nomination.

To be considered, the completed nomination form and three letters of support for the nomination must be received by August 25, 2012. Incomplete nomination forms and/or those that do not include three letters of support will not be considered.

Confirmation that the completed application form and three letters of support have been received will be sent to the individual submitting the nomination.

Selection Process

Complete nominations received by the August 25, 2012 deadline will be reviewed by an awards committee established by the Howard N. Lee Institute. Recipients will be honored on September 24, 2012 at the Opening Gala of the statewide North Carolina Education Summit on School and Community Engagement to be held at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel, Koury Convention Center, 3121 High Point Road, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Questions/Additional Information

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Maryanne Tharin at 919.872.3643 or matsam726@gmail.com.