Member Awards & Recognition

Each year, ASBA honors individual school board members, as well as entire governing boards:

  • for efforts toward improvement;
  • as incentive for voluntary board member in-service training;
  • to promote the idea of better boardsmanship; and
  • for service to public school in the form of advocacy.

Awards are also presented to districts, schools and teachers for excellence in student achievement.

Student scholarships and a student photography contest round out ASBA’s annual awards.

INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBER AWARDS

Academy of Board Development Awards for Professional Development

As part of ASBA’s ASBA’s Academy of Board Development, awards are presented to individual board members for personal efforts toward professional development as a board member.

Awards are presented in September and October at the County Meetings and ASBA-ASA Annual Conference in December.

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The Certificate of Orientation to Boardsmanship is awarded for completion of the ASBA New Board Member Orientation (NBMO) course. It is a prerequisite to all other continuing education awards.

The Certificate of Boardsmanship is awarded for 36 hours of approved professional development.

The Associate of Boardsmanship is awarded for 60 hours of approved professional development.

The Master of Boardsmanship is awarded for 84 hours of approved professional development.

Superior Training Accomplishments & Recognition (STAR) Awards are awarded as follows:

  • Copper – 150 hours
  • Turquoise – 300 hours
  • Silver – 450 hours
  • Gold – 600 hours

Pillar Award for Advocacy

This new award is conferred on individual board members annually for self-reported advocacy activities and includes many of the activities for the former Cactus Pin. Deadline: 5 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 1, 2018. This form opens Sun., July 1, 2018. Fill out the form online.

Honor Roll Award

Recognizes board members with at least eight years of service who are retiring from board service. Nomination by board action is required. Awarded at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference in December. Deadline: 5 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 30, 2018

All-Arizona School Board Award

ASBA’s highest individual board member honor, bestowed on up to five board members who exemplify best-practices in boardsmanship, understand their roles and follow through on their responsibilities. Nomination by board action is required.

A selection committee chooses the winners. Winners must have no less than five years of board service to receive the award. Awarded at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference in December. Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018.

FULL BOARD

Total Board Award
Recognizes governing boards when at least a quorum of members has attained the level of Certificate of Boardsmanship. Awarded at the ASBA●ASA Annual Conference in December. Award is based on CEU records.

Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award
ASBA’s highest honor, this award is presented to a governing board demonstrating the most outstanding education leadership for the year. An entry form must be completed. A selection committee chooses the winner. Awarded at the ASBA●ASA Annual Conference in December.

Pendergast ESD received the Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award in 2017.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

ASBA Barbara Robey Lifetime Achievement Award
Honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions in support of public education and ASBA’s mission through servant leadership over an extended period of time. Awarded at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference in December.

Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018./strong>

Past winners:

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The Golden Bell Promise Program Awards

Recognize school programs from throughout the state that have shown outstanding successes in student achievement. A district application is required. A selection committee chooses the winners. Awarded at the ASBA*ASA Annual Conference in December. Deadline: 5 p.m. on Fri., October 26, 2018.

View past winners here:
2017
Paradise Valley USD – The Volunteer in Paradise Program

Sunnyside USD – Bioscience Program

Maricopa USD – Blending Learning Program

Sahuarita USD – Cognitive Return to Exertion

2016
Sunnyside USD iSTEM College and Career Academy

Osborn Middle School PRIDE Program

Prescott HS United States Block History & English Program

Liberty ESD Rainbow Valley Elementary School Excellence in Collaboration

STUDENTS

Jack Peterson Scholarship

Jack Peterson Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors in member schools who plan to pursue college degrees in education. Amounts of the awards vary from year to year and are based on annual earnings from the scholarship endowment. A student application is required. A selection committee chooses the winners. Awarded at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference in December. Deadline: 5 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 26, 2018.

Panfilo H. Contreras Honorary Scholarship

Awarded by ASBA’s Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus to two worthy students, one Hispanic and one Native American. A selection committee chooses the winners. Awarded at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference in December. Deadline: 5 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 26, 2018.

ASBA Student Photography Awards

ASBA established a student photography contest in 1999 to honor outgoing executive director Dr. Jack Peterson, himself an amateur photographer. Today the contest, themed “Arizona Outdoors,” recognizes excellence in student photography in two categories: Grades K-8 and Grades 9-12. All entries be from students who attend schools in ASBA member districts and be submitted electronically through the online entry form by the contest deadline. Deadline: 5 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 26, 2018.

ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

The Advocate of the Year Award was developed to recognize individuals or a group of individuals who go above and beyond in advocating for the students in K-12 education. This award is presented each year at the Legislative Workshop held in November.

Advocate of the Year
2017 recipient: Support our Schools AZ
2016 recipient: Jim Love, Flowing Wells Unified School District

JOHN R. MCDONALD AWARD

The John R. McDonald Award was developed to honor prominent Tucson Attorney John R. McDonald who passed away in 2012. McDonald, who was once president of the Arizona School Boards Association, left a legacy of dedication to improving education. Those honored with this award have reflected the spirit of John R. McDonald. This award is presented to an attorney each year who is considered a leader in public education for outstanding contributions to Arizona. The John R. McDonald Award is presented at the ASBA Law Conference held in September.

John McDonald Award

2017 recipient: Denise Lowell-Britt, attorney and equity partner of Udall Shumway PLC
2016 recipient: Timothy M. Hogan, executive director of the Arizona Center for Law in Public Interest