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2017 NEA Friend of Education Award

Nominate an Individual, Organization, or Group Who Has Significantly Benefited Public Education on a National Level

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Deadline: Monday, December 19, 2016 Nominations are now being accepted for the NEA Friend of Education Award. This award is the Association's highest honor and may be bestowed on an individual, organization, or group whose leadership, acts, or support have significantly benefited public education, education employees, and/or students on a national level.
See the NEA Friend of Education Award nomination packet ( PDF, 89 KB, 2 pgs.).
Download the NEA Friend of Education nomination form (  MS-WORD,  40.9 KB, 1 ps.)

Nominators must be either an NEA member or a local or state affiliate, and the nominations must include:

  1. Nominee's name, position and/or organizational affiliation, and address
  2. Nominator’s: name, signature, name of local affiliate, address and phone number

  3. If nominating as an individual, nominator must send proof of membership.
  4. Rationale for the nomination and a summary of the nominee’s qualifications to receive the award. Nominees will be evaluated based on their demonstrated contributions to the advancement of public education nationally. It is recommended that nominators provide relevant materials (i.e. publications, videos, links to "web resources", etc.) to support the nominee’s candidacy.

Submission of Materials

Submit all nomination materials to:
NEA Friend of Education Award Committee 

Executive Office, Attn: Tina Paden 

National Education Association 

1201 16th St., NW 

Washington, DC 20036

You may also fax nomination materials to 202-822-7012.

For questions, contact the NEA Center for Governance at 202-822-7000; or email Tina Paden at tpaden@nea.org


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