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WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Program

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The WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Program was created in 1998 by the WEM Foundation in support of teachers and their important role in helping all students achieve academically and seeks to bring recognition to the often "unsung heroes" who meet the challenges of teaching in a variety of settings. Synergy & Leadership Exchange (Synergy), formerly the Center for Academic Excellence, in partnership with the service cooperative members of The Minnesota Service Cooperatives (MSC), administers the award program on behalf of the WEM Foundation. Educators, administrators and academic challenge coaches from Minnesota public or non-public schools and educational institutions are eligible.

Each year a call for nominations is issued. Parents, students, administrators or colleagues are invited to nominate educators and academic challenge coaches who they believe make a difference in the lives of students. We encourage you to participate in the nomination process for the 2017 program by completing a nomination form now for Teacher Achievement, Academic Challenge Coach or Ethics in Education. You may also download a nomination form, available as a PDF or Word doc and mail or fax it to us.

To nominate someone for the Excellence in Education award, please complete this nomination form. This award follows a different process than the other three awards and is a "lifetime achievement award." It is not presented every year. 
The WEM Outstanding Educator Award program honors educators in four areas:
Nominated educators are required to complete an application packet to become eligible for the Teacher Achievement, Ethics in Education and/or Academic Challenge Coach Awards. Following review by a preliminary evaluation panel, the applications are evaluated by a Blue Ribbon independent panel of judges representing business and academia. Panelists adhere to specific judging criteria while selecting state honorees. 
State honorees will receive a crystal apple and an unrestricted $15,000 gift at the awards brunch in the spring. Regional honorees will receive an unrestricted $1,500 gift, trophy and the opportunity to compete in the state competition the following year.

2016 state honorees at the WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Brunch.

Congratulations to the 2017 Honorees!
View the honorees

Past WEM Honorees

 2017 Awards Program Dates

Dec. 9, 2016
Nomination Deadline

Jan. 20, 2017
Application Deadline

Feb. 1, 2017
Pre-Screen Panel Begins

Feb. 24, 2017
Blue Ribbon Panel

March/April 2017
State Honorees Announced

May 2017
Regional Honorees Announced

May 20, 2017
WEM Awards Brunch

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