This award recognizes an exceptional member who advocates on social justice issues that impact the lives of students, fellow educators, and the community. Nominees must be principal organizers of campaigns or actions to address social justice issues such as, but not limited to: immigration reform, school-to-prison pipeline, equity in education, LGBTQ bias and issues, English-language learner advocacy, racial profiling, voter suppression and/or rights, and bullying.
Who can be nominated: Any active HSTA member in good standing with at least two years of membership.
Who can submit a nomination: Anyone!
What you need to do:
Submit a nomination online that includes the following:
- A detailed description of the activity or activities and the nominee’s direct involvement and capacity. Must not exceed four (4) pages, double-spaced.
- Nominee statement: Address the nominee’s social justice engagement within schools or the community, and explain the importance of this work and impact on the lives of students. Must not exceed two (2) pages, double-spaced.
These next elements are optional, but encouraged to strengthen your nomination:
- Optional: Letter of recommendation, typewritten unless submitted by a student.
- Optional: Nominee’s resume.
- Optional: Additional supporting materials, such as news clippings, flyers, photos, etc.
Deadline: Feb. 22, 2021
Note: Applications are being processed via Google Form, and you will need to sign into a Google Account to view it. We recommend gathering all elements of your nomination before starting an online submission.
Nominees will be judged on the following criteria:
- Social justice advocacy that includes direct involvement, capacity and degree of involvement.
- Impact on the community, including the number of people touched or involved, and benefit to the community.
- Role and influence as the principal organizer of a campaign or action.
- Outcome and/or perpetuity of this campaign or action.
The recipient of this award will be submitted as HSTA’s nominee to the National Education Association Social Justice Activist of the Year Award.
A look back at our 2020 Pono Award winner:
Ilima Intermediate STEM teacher Sarah “Mili” Milianta-Laffin has been the faculty sponsor for the Rainbow Royales, Ilima Intermediate’s gender and sexuality alliance, since 2018. Her students were named 2020 GSA of the Year by GLSEN, a national organization that promotes safe and inclusive schools for all students. During the coronavirus pandemic, she supported internet access for families in remote and underserved areas, and printed personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders and health care workers. Read More >