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ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service



Individual members who are currently employed as full-time classroom/laboratory teachers in a career and technical education program are eligible recipients for this award. Nominees must be classroom/laboratory teachers at the time of nomination and winner must be a classroom/laboratory teacher at the time of award presentation. Contributions and achievements on which the nomination is based should have been made within the past five years.

The nominee also should have been involved in some capacity in Association for Career and Technical Education activities at the state, regional and/or national level and must have been a member of ACTE and a state association at the time of nomination to the Region level. 

Application Procedures
Each ACTE awards nominee must first compete in their state and Regional award competitions prior to being considered for this ACTE member award. All materials must be submitted electronically through the Regional awards committee chairs to the ACTE awards committee (Items 1-6 in one single PDF file, photo in separate JPG file). Regional awards committee chairs can provide application deadlines and other details.

Each nominee shall be evaluated on the following components:

  1. ACTE Excellence Awards Program Application 
  2. [Section A] Description of innovative programs and/or significant accomplishments in career and technical education 
    • Maximum of two pages
    • Written in 1st or 3rd person
    • Paragraph format
  3. [Section B] Description of career and technical education memberships and/or affiliations (to include leadership responsibilities and activities)
    • Maximum one page
    • Written in 1st or 3rd person
    • Paragraph or list format
  4. [Section C] Description of community involvement (to include industry/business partnerships, community activities and/or contributions)
    • Maximum one page
    • Written in 1st or 3rd person
    • Paragraph or list format
  5. [Section D] Share a personal story of significance in career and technical education
    • 500 words or less
    • Written in 1st person
    • Paragraph format
  6. [Section E] Letters of Support (2)
    • Supervisor
    • Community Leader
  7. Photo. Digital photo should be high resolution, JPG format and separate attachment from the ACTE Excellence Awards Program application. (The photograph is used for publicity purposes only)
  8. Interview.

All procedures must be followed for an application to be considered. The completed materials should be submitted to the ACTE prior to the March 1 deadline indicated by all Regions.

The interview specifications will be provided to the Region winners/ACTE national nominees. 


The deadline is March 1 for states to submit their state winners for Regional consideration. State and Region competition information is listed on the state/Regional page.


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The Association for Career and Technical Education is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.

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ACTE is committed to enhancing the job performance and satisfaction of its members; to increasing public awareness and appreciation for career and technical programs; and to assuring growth in local, state and federal funding for these programs by communicating and working with legislators and government leaders.


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