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To recognize exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.
The Kansas Horizon Award Program, sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education, identifies and recognizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state.
The Horizon Award nomination is available to any novice teacher meeting all other requirements on any license type with the exceptions of emergency substitute and standard substitute licenses, which do not qualify. 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 eligible to be nominated. Applications should be postmarked by October 8 of their second year of teaching, and recognition will occur in February of their second year.
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 up to four elementary classroom teachers and four secondary classroom teachers per region for a possible total of 32 teachers.
The possible 32 teachers, four elementary classroom teachers and four secondary classroom teachers from each region, will be individually recognized during a luncheon at the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN) conference in February. Also, they will be invited to participate as special guests in the two-day KEEN conference.
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