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Teacher / Educ. Support Professionals Recognition Program

HAWTHORNE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

HAWTHORNE, NJ 07506

 

HAWTHORNE TEACHER / EDUCATIONAL

SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS RECOGNITION PROGRAM

 

2017 GUIDELINES

 

Background and General Instructions

The Teacher Recognition Program was developed for the purpose of acknowledging teachers who exhibit outstanding performance. The rationale for this program is based on the premise that teaching excellence is one of the most significant factors impacting student achievement and the quality of public schools. Further, acknowledging excellence encourages teachers to continue to strive towards that goal. For the purpose of this program, teachers are defined as those whose primary responsibility is classroom instruction.

The Annual Educational Support Professionals Recognition Act was enacted on January 9, 2004 in recognition of educational support professionals for their contributions to the success of public schools and the important support they provide outside of the classroom environment that improve students’ academic opportunities, workforce preparedness and overall quality of life. The recognition of outstanding educational support professionals is an acknowledgement of efforts and also provides an incentive to others to strive for excellence.

At this time, we are encouraging teachers and parents to use the link below to nominate teachers/educational support professionals who they feel are worthy of this recognition. In order to ensure the use of common criteria for the selection of teachers and educational support professionals, we ask that each nomination adhere to the guidelines below.  

 
 

Criteria for Selection of Exceptional Teachers

Teachers must:

§     Hold an appropriate instructional certificate;

§     Set high expectations for all students;

§     Establish a positive classroom climate and rapport with all students;

§     Develop feelings of self-worth and a love of learning in all students;

§     Increase student achievement of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in a student-centered learning environment;

§     Use a variety of instructional strategies that enable student success ;

§     Use educational technology effectively in support of learning; and

§     Contribute to quality professional development in their district.

 

Criteria for Selection of Exceptional Educational Support Professionals

Educational support professionals must:

§     Hold an appropriate educational support professional certificate;

§     Interact positively with students, staff and parents, while functioning as a frontline advocate for the student between home and school;

§     Foster an appropriate environment for learning and explore creative alternatives to enable all students to achieve to their fullest potential;

§     Interact with students in ways that demonstrate professionalism while retaining respect, humor, compassion and concern for the whole child;

§     Support student achievement of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards while addressing the educational, social and emotional needs of all students; and

§     Contribute to quality professional development in their district.

 

Educational Support Professionals may be classified as one of the following:

§     Associate School Library Media Specialist                         §     School Athletic Trainer

§     Director of School Counseling Services                              §     School Counselor

§     School Library Media Specialist                                           §     Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant

§     School Nurse (Instructional and Non-instructional)         §     School Behaviorists

§     School Psychologist                                                                §     School Social Worker

§     Speech-Language Specialist


****Please note that the previous years winners are not eligible to receive this recognition in 2016-2017****

 2015-2016 Teachers / Educational Support Professionals of the Year

Sandra Newman, Jefferson School

Brenda Van Der Eems, Roosevelt School  

Lisa Fleming, Washington School

Jennifer Roncinske, Lincoln Middle School

Theresa DiGeronimo,  Hawthorne High School

 
 
 
PLEASE CLICK BELOW TO BEGIN THE NOMINATION PROCESS:
 

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