Equity Champions Awards

Each year, NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation accept nominations for Equity Leaders in several categories and honors the awardees during a special ceremony at the National Summit for Educational Equity.

NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation have a shared vision that every student can fulfil their potential through equal access to educational options that lead to the entire spectrum of career choices. We define this vision as educational equity. Our mission is to build the capacity of those in education to implement effective solutions to increase student education and workforce access. The annual NAPE Champions Awards are given to individuals in education and work who embody a commitment to educational equity.

See below for each of the Awards categories.

NAPE Leadership in Expanding Diversity in Technology Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

Purpose: To recognize a leader in an organization who is a role model to the nationalĀ community of excellence in technology and/or STEM. This person demonstrates:

  • the commitment to valuing educational equity in educational systems and workforce systems in their community;
  • the ability to strengthen and broaden business solutions, and the vision to expand knowledge about educational equity and its importance to the community;
  • the ability to build and sustain innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • the motivation to build meaningful partnerships with community groups and organizations who have a significant impact on educational equity in their communities.


Eligibility:
A person who works in a business, commercial organization, or nonprofit organization focused on technology and/or STEM. They do not need to be affiliated with a NAPE member organization.

Number Given: 1

Ideal Candidate: A person who provides leadership and exceptional results in advancing student access to business and/or community-related work that are focused on technology and/or STEM.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be considered based on their embodiment of the NAPEĀ values within their profession and/or community:

Educational equity and access Leadership:

  • Promotes educational equity and student access in their organization, business, or industry; and
  • Collaborates, mentors, and advocates to inspire and develop future leaders from underrepresented groups.


Innovation:

  • Is innovative, creative, and agile in moving their business or community forward to promote educational equity and student access in technology and/or STEM.


Outcome Driven:

  • Demonstrates measurable outcomes showing increased participation of underrepresented groups in technology and/or STEM.

*Ā The award committee reserves the right to award more than one award.

NAPE Heart and Hope Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

Purpose: To honor a person who has managed major projects or programs with hope, worksĀ intentionally with heart and has made a major impact by ensuring that students have access to careers that lead to high-wage, high-skill, in-demand programs of study and careers. This person inspires others by believing in the power of innovation and embodying a hopeful tenacity about solving challenging problems.

Number Given: 1

Eligibility: Any person who works in government, education/academia, business, or a nonprofitĀ who has demonstrated inspiring practices and hope. Preference will be given to nomineesĀ active in a NAPE member organization.

Ideal Candidate: Any person who has advanced the career and technical education (CTE),Ā STEM or workforce achievement of others through their job or community activities therebyĀ transforming their workplace, community, business, industry, or field beyond typicalĀ performance expectations.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be considered based on their embodiment of the NAPEĀ values within their profession and/or community:

Educational equity and access:

  • An educational equity advocate who promotes student access in their organization, business, or industry;
  • Mentors others from historically underrepresented groups within their organization; and
  • Develops future leaders in their profession and/or community.


Innovation:

  • Is a trailblazer who has demonstrated an ability to create and implement a vision for their area of influence or community;
  • Has a record of successfully motivating employees, colleagues, and/or community members;Ā 
  • Mentors colleagues and/or team, and contributes to industry, government, or the larger Community.


Outcome Driven:

  • Demonstrates success of academic or workforce achievement that has been largely unnoticed but has had a powerful impact in the daily lives of people; and
  • Utilizes data, where appropriate, to validate and promote efforts.

*Ā The award committee reserves the right to award more than one award.

NAPE Teamwork Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

Purpose: Education team that was successful in promoting educational equity and access in career and technical education (CTE) or STEM.

Number Given: 1

Eligibility: Any team of educators and/or their partners that serve CTE or STEM students. TheĀ team does not need to be affiliated with NAPE as a member organization.

Ideal Team: The ideal team has distinguished itself from peers by promoting access, educational equity in CTE or STEM and has demonstrated, through actions, that they embrace the NAPE belief that access to diverse perspectives improves outcomes.

Selection Criteria: Candidates must provide clear metrics that demonstrate success in theirĀ program or student outcome and will be determined based on their embodiment of the NAPEĀ values:

Educational equity and access:

  • Develops and strengthens relationships within the profession and/or community by joining efforts to further common goals focused on broadening educational equity and student access;Ā 
  • Works effectively as part of a team to successfully accomplish a task or goal in support of its vision and mission of broadening access and success for students/individuals from underrepresented groups; and
  • Builds effective collaborative relationships across the organization to define and solve problems or reach agreements on a course of action while considering multiple perspectives.

Innovation and Agility:

  • Demonstrates ability to create and implement a vision for the team;
  • Works toward implementing a solution in an innovative way; and
  • Displays initiative and persistence in working to overcome barriers by adapting activities or approaches, even in challenging situations.

Outcome Driven:

  • Utilizes data, where appropriate, to inform, validate and promote efforts; and
  • Encourages effective group problem solving, critical thinking, planning, and decision making.

*Ā The award committee reserves the right to award more than one award.

NAPE Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

This award is nominated by the NAPE Education Foundation Board

Purpose: To honor an individual who has shown exemplary dedication to the NAPE organization and its mission.

Number Given: 1

Eligibility: A person who is now or has previously engaged with NAPE and/or NAPE EducationĀ Foundation community.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate is a person who has been an active, committed memberĀ of NAPE for a sustained period and has been instrumental in the development or growth of the organization from a national or state perspective.

Selection Criteria: This award is nominated by the NAPE Education Foundation Board.Ā Candidates will be considered based on their embodiment of the NAPE values within theirĀ profession and/or community:

Educational equity and access:

  • Demonstrated commitment to providing opportunities to members of historically underrepresented groups;
  • Demonstrated commitment to educational equity through leadership efforts at the local, state, or national levels; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to furthering the vision and mission of NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation, through their own work, and/or through a collaborative effort.


Innovation:

  • Has contributed to NAPEā€™s ability to grow and sustain itself as an organization while maintaining values of educational equity;
  • Exhibits innovative methods of motivating and mentoring members; and
  • The individualā€™s leadership has impacted an issue or cause in the community or furthered the work of NAPE.


Outcome Driven:

  • Uses or generates data to help drive NAPEā€™s mission and values; and
  • Has ownership and accountability for the projects/roles taken on behalf of NAPE/NAPE Education Foundationā€™s mission and has demonstrated results.

*Ā The award committee reserves the right to award more than one award.

NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation honor the award winners each year at the National Summit for Educational Equity.

If you have any feedback on the awards website or process, please contact Brittany H. Brady.