Awards and Recognition

  • All TN School Bd/TN Bd Member of the Year/C. Hal Henard

    All Tennessee School Board
    During the annual convention, TSBA recognizes five to seven outstanding school board members as members of the All Tennessee School Board. Members of the board are selected by a panel of judges from nominations made by superintendents, school board members, district directors, or TSBA staff.

    Criteria:

    • Must have achieved Level IV boardsmanship award
    • Quality of service with emphasis on the previous 12 months
    • Participation in board development activities with emphasis on the previous 12 months
    • Specific accomplishments of the local board of education during the nominee’s term on the board
    • Leadership activities at the local, regional, or state level

    TN School Board Member of the Year/C. Hal Henard Distinguished Service Award
    The nominees for All Tennessee School Board receiving the highest collective ranking by the judges is the recipient of the C. Hal Henard Distinguished Service Award and serves as chairman of the All Tennessee School Board.

    Criteria:

    • Must have earned at least Level IV in the boardsmanship program
    • Quality of Service
    • Participation in Board Development activities
    • Leadership activities at the local, regional, and state levels

    Deadline for nominations is September 30


    Nomination Form
    1989 – present School Board Member of the Year/C. Hal Henard and All TN School Board Award Recipients
    1953 – 1988 C. Hal Henard Award Recipients


    The announcement of the winner and presentation of the award plaque will be made during the TSBA Annual Convention in November.

    For more information or questions, please contact:
    TSBA Communications Department at 615-815-3907 or communications@tsba.net.

  • Award for Excellence In Education Program

    Award for Excellence in Education Program
    Each year the Tennessee School Boards Association shall offer an award to a board of education which has an outstanding program operating within their district. This award shall be presented at the annual convention. Nominations may be submitted by members of the TSBA Board of Directors, by the school board itself, superintendent, school board member, or representative of the school district.

    Criteria to be considered in selecting award-winning programs include the following:

    • uniqueness
    • adaptability
    • involvement of the community
    • evidence of success


    Deadline for application is August 30


    Entry Form
    2017 Award for Excellence Recipient, Rutherford County “Mechatronics Program”


    TSBA Awards Committee
    525 Brick Church Park Drive
    Nashville, TN 37207
    Fax: 615-815-3911

    For more information, please contact:

    TSBA Communications Department at 615-815-3907 or communications@tsba.net.

  • Board of Distinction

    Board of Distinction
    For years, the Tennessee School Board Association has offered programs to recognize individual school board member accomplishments.But it’s also important to recognize outstanding performance by a school board as a whole. TSBA’s Board of Distinction Program recognizes boards for their work.

    Tennessee school boards that seek this designation must meet specified requirements in four key areas: planning, policy, promotion and board development. Upon completion of the items listed on the Board of Distinction checklist, they may choose to purchase a plaque at the cost of $125, designating the board as a Board of Distinction. Board of Distinction status is for two years, after which time the board may reapply for continued status.

    Steps to Become a Board of Distinction

    1. Complete the 15 items listed on the Board of Distinction Checklist
    2. Have superintendent and board chairman sign the checklist
    3. Mail form and $125 for plaque (optional) to TSBA.*
    4. TSBA will present the plaque to your school board during an open meeting. The Board of Distinction designation is for two years beginning on the date TSBA receives your form.

    Board of Distinction Checklist

    Meeting Management Assessment Form


    If a plaque is desired, provide the following information exactly as you wish the plaque to be engraved:

    Board Name
    Superintendent/Director of Schools
    (designate preference of title)
    Board Chairman
    Board members
    For more information, please contact:

    TSBA Communications Department at 615-815-3907 or communications@tsba.net.

    Current Boards of Distinction

    Anderson County
    Bedford County
    Bradford Special
    Bradley County
    Clarksville-Montgomery County
    Cleveland
    Cocke County
    Coffee County
    Cumberland County
    Dyersburg
    Franklin Special
    Greeneville
    Hardeman County
    Hardin County
    Hawkins County
    Haywood County
    Jackson-Madison County
    Johnson City
    Lauderdale County
    Loudon County
    Oak Ridge
    Oneida Special
    Putnam County
    Roane County
    Sequatchie County
    Sweetwater
    Tullahoma
    Unicoi County
    Warren County
    Washington County

  • Boardsmanship Awards

    To encourage professional growth of school board members, TSBA offers certified board member awards and a master board member award to members who invest their time and effort into becoming more informed and more effective school board members. The award is given for participation in activities outside of local school board obligations. There are five levels of recognition, and Levels I through IV are recognized during Fall District Meetings and those receiving Level V, Master Board Member, are recognized at the annual TSBA convention held each November.

    Boardsmanship Requirements
    SBAs
    Experiences
    Events
    TOTAL
    Level I
    14
    6
    30
    50
    Level II
    21
    12
    67
    100
    Level III
    28
    18
    104
    150
    Level IV *
    35
    24
    141
    200
    Level V **
    42
    34
    174
    250

    For a listing of approved events and experiences click here.

    For the self-evaluation form click here.  Once completed, send the signed, first page to registrar@tsba.net.  Keep the entire completed self-evaluation to reference when you complete your Level V portfolio.

    Submit your experiences online by completing the transcript submission form here or email registrar@tsba.net.

    *To achieve Level IV, you must complete a self-evaluation and attend the TSBA Leadership Conference.

    ** To achieve Level V, you must complete a portfolio.  Select the next drop-down for more information and to send your portfolio request form.

    For more information, please contact Kayce Kiningham, TSBA Director of Meetings & Planning at 615-815-3908 orkkiningham@tsba.net.

  • Master Board Member - Level V

    In order to achieve Level V of the TSBA Boardsmanship Award Program, you must attain the necessary points identified in the award program and submit a portfolio for judging. Links to the portfolio criteria are provided below. A current Master School Board Member’s Level V portfolio is provided below as a guide to assist board members as they work towards completing their portfolio. The sample portfolio is to be used as a guide ONLY.

    TSBA makes no warranty or guarantee that the following said example will result in a successful bid for Level V. Once a board member completes his/her Level V portfolio, they must submit it to TSBA by September 15 for judging. Current Level V master school board members serve as judges. Only portfolios that receive a score of 25 or above will receive the Level V Master School Board Member distinction. No TSBA staff member is involved with the judging of Level V portfolios.


    Level V Master Board Member Criteria
    Level V Portfolio Request Form
    Current Master School Board Members


    Sample Portfolio:

    For more information, please contact Kayce Kiningham, TSBA Director of Meetings and Planning at 615-815-3908 or kkiningham@tsba.net.

  • Quarter Century Club

    The Quarter Century Club recognizes those school board members having served twenty-five (25) years on their local board of education. These individuals shall receive honorary life membership in the Tennessee School Boards Association. This award is presented at the annual convention.

    For additional information contact the TSBA Communications Department at 615-815-3907 or communications@tsba.net.


    Members of the Quarter Century Club

  • Scholars Circle

    The Scholars Circle recognizes those school board members that have achieved Level V and attained 900 or more boardsmanship points in the TSBA Boardsmanship Award Program. This award is presented at the annual convention.

    For more information contact Kayce Kiningham, TSBA Director of Meetings and Planning at 615-815-3908 or kkiningham@tsba.net.

    Award Recipients

    2017
    Jerry Greene, Sullivan County
    Richard Manahan, Johnson City

    Diane Neeley, Bedford County
    Nancy Williamson, Oneida Special
    2016
    Faye Heatherly, Campbell County
    Bobby Johnson, Lenoir City

    Wayne Blair, Rutherford County
    2015
    Larry Cantrell, McMinn County
    Debbie Shedden, Hawkins County
    Jerry Pendergrass, Lincoln Count
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    2014
    Susan Lodal, Kingsport
    Bob Alvey, Jackson-Madison County
    2013
    Jerry Anderson, Greeneville
    Amy Martin, Bedford County

    2012
    No recipients
    2011
    Carolyn Holt, Hamblen CountyRichard Rowe, Sweetwater
    2010
    Dan Schlafer, Cumberland County
    2009
    Franklin Mee, Roane County
    2008
    Rodney Eubank, Tipton County
    2007
    Horace Murphy, Jr., Clarksville/Montgomery County
    Dawn Robinson, Cleveland
    Tom Hager, Johnson City
    Quinten Howard, McMinn County
    Everett Massengill, Roane County
    David Pickler, Shelby County
    Clyde Smith, Tullahoma
    Mike Holland, Warren County
    John Conley, Washington County
    Dr. Gordon Morris, Weakley County

  • School Board of the Year

    School Board of the Year
    Each year TSBA honors a school board for excellent service. The superintendent, school administrator(s), board secretary, parent-teacher association or organization, a member of the board-appointed committee, may make nominations.

    Criteria:

    • Must have met all the standards to be a TSBA Board of Distinction
    • Policy (developing, application, monitoring)
    • Long-range planning
    • Describe what the board has done to promote quality education including use of social media, involvement with the legislature, congress, city or county commission, State Board of Education, and staff
    • Board development activities (including boardsmanship award levels for each member)
    • Relationship with the media

    Deadline for nominations is September 30


    Nomination Form

    Past Winners


    The announcement of the winner and presentation of the Award plaque will be made during the TSBA Annual Convention in November.

    For more information, please contact:

    TSBA Communications Department at 615-815-3907 or communications@tsba.net.

  • School of the Year for Excellence in Architectural Design

    School of the Year for Excellence in Architectural Design
    Annually, TSBA recognizes architectural firms for their excellence in design. In accordance with TSBA’s policy, any school building that was or will be occupied before November 1 of the current year or three years prior to November 1 of the current year is eligible for the award. School of the year awards are granted in four (4) categories including new school construction of elementary, middle, and high schools, and renovation.

    We appreciate the interest shown through the years by architectural firms, and look forward to a good number of entries again this year. Please remember that there are no on-site visitations, and that awards will be made based solely on the material and information provided to the judges. Prime consideration should be given to the architectural solution of the stated Educational Program Requirements/Specifications according to the criteria listed in the policy. Judges must have this information in order to compare entries.

    School architects must receive approval from the local board of education and submit by mail the appropriate fee. The fee is $200 per entry. TSBA Business Affiliates pay a reduced fee of $175. Awards are presented to both the architectural firm and to the local board.

    (Contact TSBA for Business Affiliate information)

    Nomination deadline is September 30


    Online Nomination Form

    School of the Year Policy

    Past Winners


     

    For more information, please contact:

    TSBA Communications Department at 615-815-3907 or communications@tsba.net.

  • Student Recognition Award

    Student Recognition Award
    Each year the Tennessee School Boards Association shall recognize students from across the state who have distinguished themselves in academics, community and service activities and leadership roles and activities.

    Superintendents, school board members or district directors are encouraged to help acknowledge the achievements of Tennessee’s students. Nominees must be juniors in Tennessee public schools at the time of the application deadline.

    To nominate a student, please complete the online nomination form by clicking the link below. Once submitted, TSBA staff will contact the student nominee to let them know they have been nominated and provide them with the instructions on how to complete the application process.

    Awards will be given in each of the nine districts at the September Fall District Meetings. The nine district winners will be asked to write a 1000 word essay on a selected TSBA topic to be considered for the statewide overall winner. To determine a statewide winner, the nine (9) district winners will be interviewed by a committee appointed by the TSBA President. The statewide winner will be recognized at the TSBA Awards Luncheon of the Annual Convention in November and awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Education Networks of America will give each district winner $100 and the statewide overall winner $1000.

    Click here for the nomination form. Nominations are due by May 1.

    Applications from students are due to TSBA by June 1. A panel of judges appointed by the TSBA President will rate and rank the nominees.

    For more information, please contact:

    TSBA Communications Department at 615-815-3907 or communications@tsba.net.

  • School Volunteer Recognition Award

    School Volunteer Recognition Award
    Each year the Tennessee School Boards Association shall recognize school district volunteers from across the state who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating exceptional commitment to volunteerism in a local school district.

    Criteria include but are not limited to:

    • Has made an outstanding contribution to a Tennessee school district through volunteer service
    • Has exhibited exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in their service to a school
    • Has engaged in the creation, organization, and/or mobilization of volunteers, groups and resources that are involved in projects benefiting the school district.
    • Has demonstrated sustained commitment to meeting school district needs.
    • Has utilized unique and creative approaches to meeting needs.
    • Has helped with a special project or ongoing activities.


    The following guidelines shall govern the granting of the Volunteer Recognition Award:

    1. Applications shall be made on the official form provided by TSBA.
    2. Applications may be made by majority action of any member board of education.
    3. Application forms shall be submitted by May 1.
    4. The President of TSBA shall appoint a panel of judges to rate and rank the nominees.
    5. An award will be given in each of the nine districts at the September Fall District Meetings.
    6. To determine a statewide winner, the applications of the nine (9) district winners will be rated by a panel appointed by the TSBA President from the TSBA Board of Directors.
    7. The statewide winner will be recognized at the Opening General Session of the Annual Convention and a $1000 grant will be awarded to the public school of the winner’s choice.
    8. The nine district awards shall be made in the form of a plaque and the overall statewide winner award shall be made in the form of a plaque and a $1000 grant.


    Deadline for applications is May 1.

    School Volunteer Recognition Award Application

    For more information, please contact: