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.
Nominations are now open for ASBA’s 62nd Annual Conference. The deadline to apply for most awards is 5 p.m. on Fri., October 18, 2019.
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 Friday, November 1, 2019. This form opens Monday, July 1, 2019. 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. 29, 2019
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 18, 2019.
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.
Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2019.
Nogales USD received the Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award in 2018.
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.
- 2018 – Mike Hughes
- 2017 – Governor Jane Dee Hull
- 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
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 Friday, October 18, 2019.
View past winners here:
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 Friday, October 18, 2019.
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 Friday, October 18, 2019.
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 Friday, October 18, 2019.
ASBA’s Inspiring Youth Contest
In 300 words, tell us about a program or initiative in your district that is engaging and inspiring youth to be change agents in their communities. A photo reflecting the program or initiative must also be submitted with the entry. Entry must be completed by the superintendent or an authorized representative.
Participating students must be in fifth grade or higher and attend a Title I school.
Win an exclusive presentation for 50 of your district’s students with Shane Feldman, media sensation, motivational speaker, producer, social entrepreneur and “undercover teen” and ASBA’s Annual Conference keynote speaker at Grand Canyon University on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019! A private campus tour will be included. Also, transportation and lunch are provided.
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
2018 recipient: Devin Del Palacio, Tolleson Union High School District
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
2018 recipient: Patrice M. Horstman, attorney of Hufford, Horstman, Mongini, Parnell & Tucker, P.C.
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