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Business Education Division Awards

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There are many students and professionals who are involved with Business Education as part of career and technical education and are excellent candidates for national recognition.  However, it takes someone to recognize this and to nominate these deserving individuals.

If you are a current member of the Business Education Division of ACTE, you may nominate

a student for the Student Organization Awards or 

a colleague for the Outstanding Service Award or the Award of Merit.

Your current ACTE membership number must be on the nomination form and will be verified. 

All nominations should be sent electronically by September 30, 2015 to:

Awards Committee
ACTE/BE Division

 

Outstanding Business Education STUDENT Awards

 

The ACTE Business Education Division will recognize secondary and postsecondary students who exceed a minimal rating for these awards.  One award will be given for each Region of ACTE for the secondary level and one for the postsecondary level.  Please feel free to make copies of the application to share with other professionals or contact the committee chair for additional copies.  Thank you for your support of student organizations.

Criteria

This award is designed to provide recognition to five secondary and five postsecondary outstanding students who have demonstrated leadership potential through enrollment in business courses and involvement in career and technical student organization activities, as well as the school and community.

Eligibility

Secondary or postsecondary students must be nominated by a member of the Business Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education.  The nominee must be a local, state and national student member of Business Professionals of America, Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda or Pi Omega Pi at the time of the nomination.  The students must be enrolled in school through December of the school year of nomination and must not possess a baccalaureate degree prior to that December.  One secondary and one postsecondary student per ACTE Region will be recognized.

Regulations

Members of the student organization committee of the ACTE Business Education Division will screen the materials of the nominees.

1. All materials must be typewritten.  The following must be submitted electronically by the deadline of September 30, 2015:

o The completed Student Nomination form with nominee information block completed on the rating sheet.

o A one-page letter of application for the award from the nominee.

o A brief (not to exceed two pages) resume of the nominee.

o A one-page essay written by the nominee outlining his/her success and future career plans, and how involvement in business courses and a career and technical student organization has enhanced the student's leadership and professional development. 

o One letter of recommendation (not to exceed one page) from the nominee's business education teacher or career and technical student organization local or state adviser. 

2. A head-shot photograph to be included in the program and possibly our website. No other materials will be accepted. Materials will not be returned.  Materials will not be distributed except to Award Committee members.

3. The nomination materials should follow the same sequence given on the rating sheet. If information is not available for a particular criterion, include a statement to that effect.

4. Judges must deduct 1 to 10 points from the scores of nominees who submit materials by the stated deadline but do not adhere to the award guidelines for the submission of proper materials.

5. Nominees failing to submit the proper materials by the stated deadline will not be accepted.

6. The letter of application, resume, and essay must be prepared by the student member—not teachers or advisers. Teachers or advisers should serve as consultants to ensure that these materials are well organized, contain substantiated statements and are written in a business style.

7. Notification to the recipients of the award will be made by October 15, 2015.

8. The recipients of the award will be recognized at by the Business Education Division at CareerTech VISION of the school year following nomination. The recipients will be responsible for all travel expenses if they attend CareerTech VISION. Attendance at VISION by the recipients is not mandatory to receive recognition.

Procedure

Criteria for selection of the nominee should include:

business course(s) or program(s) in which the student is currently enrolled or has completed

years of participation in career and technical student organization activities

extent of participation in conferences sponsored by the local, state, and national associations of the career and technical student organization

officer and committee chair positions held in the career and technical student organization

participation in school and community activities

awards and honors received

career plans

The materials submitted should address the above criteria.

Judging

There will be a panel of judges from the ACTE Business Education Division.  Judges will use the rating sheet attached to these guidelines to evaluate the materials submitted by the nominee. Students must achieve an average rating from the judges of at least 70 points to receive the award. All judges' decisions are final.

 

Business Education Division Outstanding Service Award

 

Purpose

To encourage and reward the Business Education professional who has contributed much time and effort in the growth and development of the Business Education Division. The award is based exclusively on contributions made to the Business Education Division and its affiliates.

The Presentation of the Award

The recipient will receive the Business Education Division Outstanding Service Award at CareerTech VISION.

Selection Criteria

The recipient of this award (or recipients, in the event the award is shared) must be a member of the ACTE Business Education Division and the appropriate affiliated group at the time the award is made. The recipient must be a person who, in the judgment of the Selection Board, has made an outstanding contribution to the Business Education Division.  A candidate is only permitted to submit an application form for one award annually without reference to the number of nominations received for both the Award of Merit and/or the Outstanding Service Award.  A candidate that has received the Award of Merit is not eligible to apply for the Outstanding Service Award.  Neither award committee members nor the BED president are eligible to apply for the Award of Merit or the Outstanding Service Award during their term of office.

A candidate is only permitted to submit an application form for one award annually without reference to the number of nominations received for both the Award of Merit and/or the Outstanding Service Award.  The OSA nomination form is available here. A current resume should be included with the nomination form. 

Nature of the Contribution

There is no prescription as to the exact nature of the contribution to be considered in selecting the recipient of the award. As an indication of possible areas of contribution, the following are suggested:

Contributions to the affiliate as a committee member (5 points for each) and chairman (10 points for each) (plus the number of years served in each).

Contribution to the affiliate as an officer (15 points for each).

Contribution to the ACTE/BE Division as a committee member (7 points for each) and chairman (12 points for each) (plus the number of years in each).

Contribution to the ACTE/BE Division as an officer (25 points for each office held plus the number of years served in each office).

Contributions to the ACTE/BE Division and/or affiliates as a speaker (4 points for each presentation).

Other contributions to the Business Division/affiliate (2 points for each significant contribution not listed above; such as, having chaired an ad hoc committee, etc.)

 

Business Education Division Award of Merit

 

Purpose

To encourage and reward outstanding contributions to the overall advancement of education for business. The Award of Merit is the highest honor presented by the Business Education Division.

The Presentation of the Award

The recipient will receive the Business Education Division Award of Merit at CareerTech VISION.

Selection Criteria

The recipient of this award (or recipients, in the event is award is shared) must be a member of the ACTE Business Education Division and the appropriate affiliated group at the time the award is made.  The recipient must be a person who, in the judgment of the Selection Board, has made an outstanding contribution to the development and advancement of the Business Education Division and career and technical education.  A candidate is only permitted to submit an application form for one award annually without reference to the number of nominations received for both the Award of Merit and/or the Outstanding Service Award.  Neither award committee members nor the BED president are eligible to apply for the Award of Merit or the Outstanding Service Award during their term of office. The AM nomination form is available here.  A current resume should be included with the nomination form. 

Nature of the Contribution

There is no prescription as the exact nature of the contribution to be considered in selecting the recipient of the award. As an indication of possible areas of contribution, the following are suggested:

Contribution to business education as a classroom teacher, administrator, and/or supervisor that leads to improvements in theory, methods, and/or classroom practices. Candidates may

work in business education at any level. (35 points)

Professional Contributions--organizations, awards, memberships, activities (including ACTE) to improve business education.

(35 points)

Formal and informal research and publications. (15 points)

Other significant professional contributions. (10 points)

For further information, please contact:

ACTE/BE Division Awards Chair

 

 

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