2019 Kansas Horizon Award Recipients
The mission of the program is to recognize exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.
Novice teachers who have met all requirements on any license type with the exceptions of emergency substitute and emergency standard substitute licenses, which do not qualify, are eligible to be nominated. Teachers who are completing an alternative route and teaching under a pre-standard license (still in the process of completing the professional education or preservice program) are also eligible to be nominated.
Applications will be submitted in October of their second year of teaching, and recognition will occur in February of their second year. The criteria for this award are:
Nominee will have successfully completed his or her first year of teaching in a prekindergarten through grade 12 Kansas school accredited by the State Board of Education.
Nominee will be a full-time classroom teacher.
Nominee will be responsible for the assessment of students, assignment of grades, preparation of lesson plans, parent-teacher conferences, discipline, attendance, and other daily educational tasks.
Nominee will have performed in a way that distinguishes him or her from other novice teachers.
Nominee will be selected by the school district superintendent and building principal.
The Kansas Horizon Award Program is a regional competition. The regions correspond to the state’s four U.S. congressional districts.
The Kansas State Department of Education will appoint regional selection committees responsible for reviewing the nomination forms and selecting four elementary classroom teachers and four secondary classroom teachers per region for a total of 32 teachers.
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