Member Awards & Recognition

Each year, ASBA honors individual school board members, as well as entire governing boards, for personal efforts toward improvement; as incentive for voluntary board member in-service training; to promote the idea of better boardsmanship; and for service in ASBA, NSBA, or local board activities and events.

Awards are also presented to districts, schools and teachers for excellence in curriculum. Student scholarships and a student photography contest round out ASBA’s annual awards. Nominate your district’s achievements right now

Please join us at the Annual Conference, when these awards will be presented. This year the Annual Awards Dinner will take place on Wed., Dec. 13, 2017.

INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBER AWARDS

Academy of Board Development Awards for Professional Development

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Awards are presented to individual board members for personal efforts toward professional development as a board member. This recognition is part of ASBA’s Academy of Board Development program. Awards are presented in September and October at the County Meetings and ASBA-ASA Annual Conference in December.

To receive credit for eligible, non-ASBA events attended, complete and return the “Completing Non-ASBA Course Credits” form. View / download

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.

The Master of Boardsmanship with Superior Training Accomplishments & Recognition (STAR) Awards is awarded as recognition for professional development beyond the Master of Boardsmanship.

Cactus Pin Award

Conferred on individual board members annually in June at the Summer Leadership Institute for self-reported service activities. Deadline: 5 p.m. on Fri., June 1, 2018. Download form (Word) or fill out the form online.

Honor Roll Award

Recognizes board members with at least eight years of service who are retiring. Nomination by board action is required. Awarded at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference in December. Deadline: 5 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 1, 2017.

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 27, 2017. This year the Annual Awards Dinner will take place on Wed., Dec. 13, 2017.

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.

Prescott USD received the award in 2016.

This year the Annual Awards Dinner will take place on Wed., Dec. 13, 2017.

Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 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. This year the Annual Awards Dinner will take place on Wed., Dec. 13, 2017.

Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017.

Download | Award criteria
Past winners:

  • 2016 – Jack Peterson
  • 2015 – Doreen Zannis
  • 2014 – Cindy Matus Morris
  • 2013 – Carolyn Warner
  • 2012 – Eddie Basha Jr.
  • 2011 – Ruth Solomon, former legislator and educator, and member of governing board of Pima County JTED
  • 2010 – Dr. Chuck Essigs, Director of Governmental Relations, AASBO
  • 2009 – Charlotte Upham Patterson, Governing Board Member, Chandler Unified School District
  • 2008 – Jeretta Douglas, Longtime Governing Board Member, Flowing Wells Unified School District, Tucson
  • 2007 – Barbara Robey, 20-year Governing Board Member, Litchfield Elementary School District; Former Director of Governmental Relations, ASBA

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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 27, 2017.

View past winners here:

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

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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. 27, 2017.

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. 27, 2017.

ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

The Advocate of the Year Award was developed to recognize school board members who go above and beyond in advocating for the students in K-12 education. This award is presented to one school board member each year at the Legislative Conference held in November.

Advocate of the Year
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 was once president of the Arizona School Boards Association and 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