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Awards for Excellence Criteria

Elementary Principal of the year
Middle School Principal of the Year
High School Principal of the Year
Assistant Principal of the Year
Herman Graves Award
Reaching Out and Building Bridges Award

Elementary Principal of the Year (K-8)

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The Horace Mann/IPA Elementary Principal of the Year is a program to recognize excellence among elementary and middle level principals. It can be awarded to an elementary school principal, a middle level principal or both.

Criteria:

  • Membership in the Illinois Principals Association
  • Not a paid employee of the IPA at the time of nomination
  • A minimum of 5 years experience as an elementary or middle level principal
  • Recommendation by the board of one of their IPA Region
    (no self nomination will be considered at the state level)
  • An active, online elementary or middle level principal at the time of regional and state selection
  • Demonstrates positive impact on education and advocacy for children
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the principalship through active association membership
  • Highly respected by students, colleagues and the community
  • Maintains an orderly purposeful learning environment
  • Shows strong leadership by setting high standards for staff and students
  • Assumes an active leadership role in the community
  • Active principal at a school in which commitment is clearly evident through programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students through firmly established community ties with parents and local business associations

Award:

State Recognition: A plaque and a $1000 honorarium is presented to the winner at the annual Principals Professional Conference.

National Recognition: The winner is eligible for the opportunity to participate in the National Distinguished Principal Program sponsored by VALIC and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Travel costs will be covered to the national symposium in Washington DC.

Nomination Process:

Nomination/application forms are attached or can be obtained from the IPA State Headquarters in Springfield.

Entry Deadline:

November 30th - Completed nomination/application forms due to your Region Director.

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Jr. High/Middle School Principal of the Year

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The Horace Mann/IPA Jr. High/Middle School Principal of the Year Award program annually recognizes outstanding middle school leaders who have succeeded in providing high quality learning opportunities for students. The principals have made exemplary contributions to the profession and are acknowledged by their peers. The program honors middle school principals who have demonstrated that they excel in the seven areas addressed by the selection criteria.

Criteria:

  • Membership in the Illinois Principals Association
  • Not a paid employee of the IPA at the time of nomination
  • A minimum of 5 years experience as a jr. high/middle school principal
  • Recommendation by the board of their IPA Region 
    (no self nomination will be considered at the state level)
  • An active, online jr. high/middle school principal at the time of regional and state selection
  • Demonstrates positive impact on education and advocacy for children
  • Ensures the school climate is positive and reflects high staff and student morale
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the principalship through active association membership
  • Demonstrates creativity and imagination in bringing about positive change
  • Willing to take risks to improve student learning
  • Moves actively to implement the goals and objectives of the school
  • Works collaboratively with teachers and other staff to improve the educational program and student achievement
  • Anticipates emerging problems and acts effectively to resolve them
  • Involves the community in the life of the school and uses community resources for students

Award:

State Recognition: A plaque and a $1000 honorarium is presented to the winner at the annual Principals Professional Conference.

National Recognition: The winner will have the opportunity to participate in the National Association of Secondary School Principals National Awards program, if eligible.

Nomination Process:

Nomination/application forms are attached or can be obtained from the IPA State Headquarters in Springfield.

Entry Deadline:

November 30th - Completed nomination/application forms due to your Region Director.

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High School Principal of the Year

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The Horace Mann/IPA High School Principal of the Year Awards program annually recognizes outstanding high school leaders who have succeeded in providing high quality learning opportunities for students. The principals have made exemplary contributions to the profession and are acknowledged by their peers. The program honors high school principals who have demonstrated that they excel in the seven areas addressed by the selection criteria.

Criteria:

  • Membership in the Illinois Principals Association
  • Not a paid employee of the IPA at the time of nomination
  • A minimum of 5 years experience as a high school principal
  • Recommendation by the board of their IPA Region
    (no self nomination will be considered at the state level)
  • An active, online high school principal at the time of regional and state selection
  • Demonstrates positive impact on education and advocacy for children
  • Ensures the school climate is positive and reflects high staff and student morale
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the principalship through active association membership
  • Demonstrates creativity and imagination in bringing about positive change
  • Willing to take risks to improve student learning
  • Moves actively to implement the goals and objectives of the school
  • Works collaboratively with teachers and other staff to improve the educational program and student achievement
  • Anticipates emerging problems and acts effectively to resolve them
  • Involves the community in the life of the school and uses community resources for students

Award:

State Recognition: A plaque and a $1000 honorarium is presented to the winner at the annual Principals Professional Conference.

National Recognition- The winner will have the opportunity to participate in the National Association of Secondary School Principals Awards programs, if eligible.

Nomination Process:

Nomination/application forms are attached or can be obtained from the IPA State Headquarters in Springfield.

Entry Deadline:

November 30th - Completed nomination/application forms due to your Region Director.

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Assistant Principal of the Year

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The Horace Mann/IPA Assistant Principal of the Year Award is open to all Illinois Assistant Principals, K-12.

Criteria:

  • Membership in the Illinois Principals Association
  • Not a paid employee of the IPA at the time of nomination
  • A minimum of 3 years experience as an assistant principal
  • Recommendation by the board of their IPA Regions
    (no self nomination will be considered at the state level)
  • An active, online assistant principal at the time of regional and state selection
  • Demonstrates positive impact on education and advocacy for children
  • Ensures the school climate is positive and reflects high staff and student morale
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the principalship through active association membership
  • Demonstrates creativity and imagination in bringing about positive change
  • Willing to take risks to improve student learning
  • Moves actively to implement the goals and objectives of the school
  • Works collaboratively with teachers and other staff to improve the educational program and student achievement
  • Anticipates emerging problems and acts effectively to resolve them
  • Involves the community in the life of the school and uses community resources for students.

Award:

State Recognition: A plaque and a $1000 honorarium will be presented to the winner at the annual Assistant Principals Professional Conference.

National Recognition: The winner will have the opportunity to participate in the National Association of Secondary School Principals or National Association for Elementary School Principals National Awards programs, if eligible.

Nomination Process:

Nomination/application forms are attached or can be obtained from the IPA State Headquarters in Springfield.

Entry Deadline:

November 30th - Completed nomination/application forms due to your Region Director.

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Herman Graves Award

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Considered the highest honor bestowed by the Illinois Principals Association, the Herman Graves Award was established in 1991 to recognize Herman for his outstanding service to the IPA. Herman was selected as the first honoree and the award was established because of the intrinsic contributions he made. Yes, Herman had been an officer at the regional level, was a director and served on the Executive Board, and for many years was a state standing committee chairman, but that was not the reason he was honored and an award established in his name. The real reason was that Herman Graves was known as "Mr. IPA" in Region VI and southern Illinois. He never passed up an opportunity to extol the virtues of IPA, whether he was addressing a recently appointed principal, a legislator, a district superintendent or any other individual whom he felt should be informed. He contacted the IPA office, leaders or whomever necessary on a regular basis to alert them to issues he felt were important to the health of the organization. Furthermore, he never contacted anyone without an offer to devote his own time and resources to attack the issue. His enthusiasm for the profession and for the association was always contagious to those around him.

Criteria:

  • Membership in the Illinois Principals Association
  • A minimum of 7 years of active service to the IPA
  • Not a paid employee of the IPA at the time of nomination
  • Demonstrates positive impact on education and advocacy for children
  • An advocate and spokesperson for the IPA
  • Longevity of membership in the IPA
  • Promotes IPA membership
  • Offices held in IPA at the state and regional levels
  • Service on IPA state and/or regional levels
  • Service on IPA state and/or regional committees as a member or as the chair
  • Specific accomplishments and contributions to the IPA

Award:

Each region winner is recognized at the regional level with a plaque. The state winner is presented with a $1000 honorarium and plaque at the annual Principals Professional Conference.

Nomination Process:

Nomination/application forms are attached or can be obtained from the IPA State Headquarters in Springfield.

Entry Deadline:

April 30 - Completed nomination/application forms due to your Region Director.

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Reaching Out and Building Bridges Award

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The Horace Mann/IPA Reaching Out & Building Bridges Award is designed to recognize an IPA principal or assistant principal AND an agency, association, or community member displaying an outstanding effort in creating partnerships between schools, principals, associations and organizations for the betterment of all.

Criteria:

  • Membership in the Illinois Principals Association
  • Not a paid employee of the IPA at the time of nomination
  • Demonstrates positive impact on education and advocacy for children
  • An active, online principal or assistant principal at the time of regional and state selection
  • Emphasis should be on the improvement of elementary, middle and/or secondary education

  • Based upon a partnership initiated or supported by nominees.  Based on a single or long term project

  • Partnership must be an ongoing project benefiting the nominee's school, the profession of education, and the welfare of children.
  • Partnership may be with but not limited to businesses, governmental or social agencies and other associations.

Award:

A plaque will be presented at the annual Principals Professional Conference and a $750 honorarium.

Nomination Process:

Nomination/application forms are attached or can be obtained from the IPA State Headquarters in Springfield.

Entry Deadline:

April 30 - Completed nomination/application forms due to your Region Director.  Self-nominations will not be accepted.








 

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