NASET Exemplary Service Award

Description of Award

The NASET Exemplary Service Award is presented to a member, or members of NASET, who have distinguished themselves in the field of special education, as well as having attained long-term service to the field of teaching exceptional children.

This award bears the NASET official seal, the recipient's name, the name of the award, and the date awarded.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The NASET Exemplary Service Award is given to the individual who exhibits outstanding teaching, accessibility to students, tremendous relationship skills with colleagues and parents, and the highest of professional and ethical standards.  Nominees are expected to have 10 years or more of teaching service in special education.  Nominators and candidates are encouraged to consider addressing any or all of the activities listed below, in order to demonstrate the candidate's unique qualifications for the NASET Exemplary Service Award.

Candidates will be judged based upon the following criteria:


- Curriculum Development
- Engagements with Students in Educational Activities (outside of classroom)
- Other Demonstrations of Quality Teaching
- Relationships with Students, Parents, Colleagues, Administrators, etc.
- Teaching Honors, Awards, or Recognition
- Teaching Innovations

Service (outside of classroom)
- Community Service
- Other Areas of Service
- Service Honors, Awards, or Recognition
- Service to Professional Organizations
- Service within School District

Professional Activities
- Awards and/or Certifications
- Membership/Participation in Professional Organizations
- Other Contributions to the Profession
- Professional Development and/or Continued Education
- Publication
- Research

Procedures for Recommendation

Nominations for this award should be submitted to NASET's Awards and Nominations Committee (Use our Online Award Nomination Form). NASET's Awards and Nominations Committee will review all applications and then determine its award recipients.

2015-2016 Selection Process and Time Line

May 1, 2015 Complete nomination form due
May 15, 2015 NASET Awards Committee reviews applications and selects recipients
By May 30, 2015 NASET Award winners are notified

To nominate an individual for the NASET Exemplary Service Award, Click Here

2015 Award Nominations Are being accepted

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