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WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Program
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, formerly the Center for Academic Excellence, in partnership with the service cooperative members of The Minnesota Service Cooperatives, administers the award program on behalf of the WEM Foundation. Educators, administrators and 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 coaches who they believe make a difference in the lives of students. 

The WEM Outstanding Educator Award program honors educators in five areas:
Nominated educators are required to complete an application packet to become eligible for the Teacher Achievement, Ethics in Education, Athletic Coach 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.

Congratulations to the 2019 Honorees!
View the honorees

Past WEM Honorees

 2020 WEM Awards Program Dates

Dec. 6, 2019
Nomination Deadline
Jan. 10, 2020
Application Deadline
Jan. 27, 2020
Pre-Screen Panel Begins
Feb. 28, 2020
Blue Ribbon Panel
March/April 2020
State Honorees Announced
May 2020
Regional Honorees Announced
May 16, 2020
WEM Awards Brunch

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