Awards and Recognition for Exceptional Teachers
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 5 No. 3 (2004): Vol-5-Issue-3-March-2004
The need for
Awards and Recognition for Exceptional Teachers, K-12 and Community Colleges came out of a
national study that Dr. John Erwin, President of Illinois Central College, and I conducted a few years
ago. We found that over 45 percent of the community colleges that responded to our survey on faculty
‘recognition programs’ had such a program! We assumed that this figure must be much higher as over
40 percent of the 1,100 community colleges declined to participate in the study.
Further research in a national study of K-12 schools, conducted with over 23,000 teachers, identified
50 percent of the respondents’ schools lacking in any form of teacher recognition programs.
In addition, the number one response received from teacher respondents was
one award given to teachers in their schools in any given year. This fact alone provides evidence that a
large number of outstanding teachers would never receive proper recognition for their excellence in
teaching prior to their retirement!