Iowa’s AEAs seek nominations for annual awards recognition

Do you know someone who has made outstanding contributions to education and Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs)? Please take a few minutes to nominate this person for recognition by Iowa’s AEAs.

Iowa’s AEAs bestow three awards annually to outstanding candidates for their contributions to education and the work of the AEA system. To submit a nomination, please complete this application by Feb. 2, 2018. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination.  The nominations will be reviewed by a selected group of AEA personnel in February. Both the nominating individual and those who are selected to be recognized will be notified the first week in March Awards will be presented during the Boards of Directors’ Conference for Iowa’s AEAs and will begin at 6:30 p.m. on April 5, 2018 at HIlton Garden Inn in Johnston.

The three awards and criteria can be found below. Each nomination should include examples of why your nominee should receive the award.

  • Friend of the AEA Award
    Acknowledges contributions by policymakers, citizens, board members, school district partners, businesses, and organizations who have been great partners and demonstrate strong support for furthering the mission of Iowa’s AEAs.  Open to all policymakers, citizens, board members, school district partners, businesses and organizations.
  • E. Robert Stephens Award
    Dr. E. Robert Stephens, better known as “Dr. Bob” and the father of the AEA system, acknowledges contributions in the area of innovation and support to local districts, AEAs, the Department of Education and other partners/organizations. There should be evidence of outstanding contributions to the wellbeing of the educational community including:

    • Benefits of this individual’s leadership;
    • Creative leadership in inspiring and motivating others to achieve and contribute;
    • Strong commitment to the profession by active participation in professional activities; and
    • Evidence that the individual is respected by his/her colleagues and the community.

Open to AEA staff who serve in an administrative role and AEA board members.

  • Innovative Creator
    Celebrates amazingly innovative and creative thinking and actions to get results for students, educators, the AEA system, school districts, and other partners.  Open to all AEA staff, board members, educators, policymakers, students…all of us are creators!

For more information, please contact Connie Johnson, Communications Director for Iowa’s Area Education Agencies, at 712-335-6044 or

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