Summary of OEA Awards
The OEA Awards Program honors the men and women who support and promote public education. The awards, which are subject to the approval of the OEA Board of Directors, are presented during the annual OEA Delegate Assembly in April. Although the awards are classified as annual awards, the respective review committees may choose not to award them. Below, you will find brief descriptions of each OEA award and a link to an online nomination form that can be completed, printed and mailed. For more information on OEA Awards, the process or the forms, contact Maureen Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org, 405.528.7785 or 800.522.8091.
Download the complete Awards Book here or check out each invidividual award the sections below.
Friend of Education – the OEA’s highest honor is presented to honor a person who has made significant contributions to the betterment of public education. Complete criteria and nomination form.
Claude A. Dyer Memorial Award – Presented to an Oklahoma educator who has worked to bring about legislative action for equitable salaries and desirable working conditions, and has rendered leadership and direction in efforts to protect and advance the civil and human rights and responsibilities of educators. Complete criteria and nomination form.
Gene Rochelle Political Activist Award – Presented to an individual or organization who exhibits a willingness and determination to promote the goals of the OEA through activities in the political arena. Complete criteria and nomination form.
Outstanding Legislator Award – Presented to a legislator or legislators for outstanding support of public education and education employees. Complete criteria and nomination form.
Kate Frank Award – Presented to an OEA member and/or local Association rendering outstanding and significant service to advancing the cause of member welfare, rights and professionalism. Complete criteria and nomination form.
Tuskahoma Brown Miller Award – Presented to a business or group which has contributed significantly to the improvement of education. Complete criteria and nomination form.
FD Moon Award – Presented to the person who has contributed significantly to the advancement of education for students. Complete criteria and nomination form.
Glenn Snider Award – Presented to the school district, individual or organization best exemplifying the practice of effective human relations and concerns for human rights. May be accompanied by a monetary award to be funded by the interest from the Glenn Snider Fund. Complete criteria and nomination form.
Teachers Teaching Students – To recognize individual OEA members for outstanding contributions in instructional excellence with students and colleagues. Creativity and originality will be strongly considered. The awards acknowledge the fact that the quality of education in this country can rise no higher than the quality of teaching. Complete criteria and nomination form.
Teachers Teaching Teachers – To recognize individual OEA members for outstanding contributions in instructional excellence with students and colleagues. Creativity and originality will be strongly considered. The awards acknowledge the fact that the quality of education in this country can rise no higher than the quality of teaching. Complete criteria and nomination form.
Marshall Gregory Awards – Recognizing professional and high school student reporters and broadcasters and their newspapers, websites, radio and television stations for excellence in accurate, positive coverage of public schools, education issues, the education process and/or the Oklahoma Education Association.
Golden Apple Awards – Recognizing OEA local Associations for their consistent efforts to provide quality communications to all of their audiences, including members and other education personnel, local school administration, parents, and the community in general. Nomination form.
Advocate for Academic Freedom Award – Presented by the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Education Association, the award honors a person or organization whose contribution to the safeguarding of academic freedom has had a significant impact on the public schools in Oklahoma and in the nation. Complete criteria and nomination form.
Collective Bargaining Award – Presented to an individual or group making a significant contribution to the advancement of education through the collective bargaining process. Complete criteria and nomination form.
ESP Award – Presented to an individual Education Support Professional member whose activities reflect the contributions of the educational support professional to public education. Complete criteria and nomination form.
Five Star Local Program – The OEA 5 Star Local Program is intended to strengthen local association programs and to recognize locals who meet the criteria in each program area. The local must complete every activity in each program area in order to receive a star. Each section is evaluated independently as a stand alone section and documentation must be attached within each section. Organization of supportive documentation is encouraged; however, notebooks are not a requirement.
There are two application deadlines for the 5 Star Local Program – March 15, with recognition at Delegate Assembly in late April; and June 15, with recognition at a summer leadership event.
The criteria are listed by center in the 5 Star Local Program book. Click the link to download a copy of the 5 Star Local form.
NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence – In an effort “to recognize, reward and promote excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession,” the NEA Foundation and NEA annually present the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence to one of its members. All state affiliate awardees receive expenses-paid travel to The NEA Foundation’s Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, DC. Five awardees are selected for The Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence and receive $10,000 each, plus expenses-paid travel for a guest in addition to themselves. One of the five will be selected to receive The NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence, an additional $25,000 cash prize, and a commemorative gift. At these links, you can find the award criteria flyer, and the nominee data form (fill this form out online – it must be typed and completed by hand).
OEA Nominations and Awards Schedule
- Nominations open: the first day of October of each year.
- Nominations close: January 29, 2021.
- Recommendations from Committees go to OEA Board of Directors at the February board meeting for final approval.
- Awards are presented in April at OEA Delegate Assembly Awards Banquet.
Presented by the Board of Directors of the National Education Association, the award honors a person or organization whose contribution to the betterment of American education has made a significant national impact.
The National Education Association presents a number of Human and Civil Rights Awards. Below are brief descriptions, and follow this link to find more information and nomination forms for each award.
Ellis S. Onizuka Memorial Award – Presented for leadership in resolving social problems, particularly as they relate to individuals of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage.
George I. Sanchez Memorial Award – Presented for activities in Hispanic affairs that significantly impact education and the achievement of equal opportunity for Hispanic.
H. Councill Trenholm Memorial Award – Presented for leadership in advancing intergroup understanding within the education profession.
Rosena J. Willis Memorial Award (Local) – Presented to the NEA local affiliate with the most improved human relations program.
Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award – Presented for furthering the cause of international understanding: for serving as a model for youth and an inspiration in the quest for peace on earth; and for offering tangible evidence of the efforts to chart a course for world survival.
Mary Hatwood Futrell Award – Presented for activities in the field of women’s rights that have made a significant impact on education and have furthered the achievement of equal educational opportunity for women and girls.
Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award – Presented jointly to the National Education Association and the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (ASALH) for Leadership and creativity in promoting Black History Month, for furthering the understanding of Black Americans’ heritage, and for making significant positive changes in a local community.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Award – Presented for leadership and perseverance in applying the nonviolent philosophy and techniques of Martin Luther King. Jr., toward the achievement of human relations and civil rights goals.
Cesar Chavez Accion Y Compromiso Human and Civil Rights Award – Presented to an individual who follows in the footsteps of Cesar Chavez in philosophy, work and leadership.
Leo Reano Memorial Award – Presented to an individual whose activities have made a significant impact on education and on the achievement of equal opportunity for American Indians/Alaska Natives.
Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights – Presented for leadership in advancing intergroup understanding with the education profession.