Nominations Are Now Closed

Stay tuned for an announcement of the 2024 Champions of Education Award Finalists!

You know heroes just like Nerissa!

Across Arizona, champions are hard at work supporting our school communities! School Connect is inspired by the passion, vision, and daily dedication of countless students in our local communities. They rise to the challenge day after day, much like Nerissa Felix, one of our top 3 finalists for Student Champion of the Year 2021. Her accomplishments in the classroom went beyond being kind and having a positive attitude; she is a galvanizer, a project manager, and a role model – constantly asking the question, “Why not me? How can I make a difference for other people?”

Education Awards

Changemaker Award

Superintendent

This Superintendent has taken a stand as a leader – bringing innovative solutions to their entire district; building networks of support across multiple sectors to create diverse and powerful growth in their district. They have cast a clear and compelling vision for their school district and work with diverse community partners to support the initiatives of individual schools as well as district wide strategies of support.

Hero Maker Award

Teacher

This Teacher has built trust, modeled resilience, and cultivated leadership in others to influence not only their classroom, but parents, other teachers, and even outside community members, thus stimulating hope and inspiring courageous leadership for the future. They are also in tune with the needs of students and parents with a clear understanding of how community partnerships can support wraparound services and academic achievement for students and greater parent engagement.

Catalyst for Education Award

Principal

This Principal has sparked collaboration toward a specific change, leading the way as a catalyst that ignites hope and rallies others to champion their school community. They have identified strategic ways community partners can impact their school and built community partners into a village of strategic partnerships that are founded on relationships of trust and win/win collaboration.

Collaborative Leadership Award

School Board Member

This School Board Member has partnered with other leaders to bring unified community engagement and support to their district, building synergy and empowering their board to exceed expected outcomes for their district. They have also cast a compelling vision of the goals and needs of their school district while building strategic partnerships that can drive outcomes in their schools district wide.

Student Champion of the Year

Student (K-6)

This Student exemplifies great-hearted leadership – cheering others on, leading by example, and inspiring his or her fellow student to generosity, perseverance, and the bold leadership required to empower the next generation. They have been fully engaged in their education by bringing their unique gifts and talents to every aspect of learning and are also interested and concerned in the welfare of their peers.

Student Champion of the Year

Student (7-12)

This Student exemplifies great-hearted leadership – cheering others on, leading by example, and inspiring his or her fellow student to generosity, perseverance, and the bold leadership required to empower the next generation. They have been fully engaged in their education by bringing their unique gifts and talents to every aspect of learning and are also interested and concerned in the welfare of their peers.

Because It Takes A Village Award

School

This school has built a diverse network of community partners to support the school, students, and families in its community. Leadership has worked strategically to celebrate community engagement and the school actively tracks progress toward their goals, celebrating every step towards victory!

School Champion of the Year Award

School Champion

This person has become a trusted partner of the school principal and the community. By listening to the strategic goals of the school and needs of the community, they have facilitated collaboration amongst parties, tracked and communicated progress, and celebrated the entire team’s efforts toward student success!

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Celebrate the Champions of Education who have made a significant impact on Arizona's youth!

The School Connect Champions of Education Awards event honors those who lead with heart and help us to build a brighter future for Arizona youth.

Are you ready for Tour Trivia!?! Which brewery on our tour has a local artist custom design their labels? Answer in the comments for a chance to win a shout out!  

Register: https://schoolconnectaz.org/event/brewery-tour-24/

Thursday, July 25 Tour Schedule Flyer: https://schoolconnectaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/2024-Brewery-Tour-Flyer.pdf 

Enjoy an Exciting Brewery Tour and Poker Experience! More than just a brewery tour, get a chance to win big at our exclusive poker run. Purchase up to 4 tournament entries and play for a chance to win 50% of the prize pool. Sip on a craft beer at each of the breweries and receive a playing card at each location to build your best hand.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to tour the breweries and potentially walk away a winner! @lakepleasantbrewing @simplemachinebrewing @frontpourchbrewing 

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Today and every day, we celebrate freedom, equality, and the strength of the human spirit. Juneteenth is a powerful reminder of the progress we’ve made and the work still to be done. Let’s honor the resilience of our ancestors and the struggles they overcame. 
Happy Juneteenth! 
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Watch how Sophia’s dad helped shape her approach to school and leadership! School Connect programs are designed to connect parents to their children’s school, to honor their voice and galvanize their support for every child in the community. 
 
Join us for Love Our Schools Day to discover more ways you can get involved as a parent or champion for Arizona youth!

Get Involved: https://schoolconnectaz.org/love-our-schools-day/view-available-projects/ 

#likeagirl #dadlife #parents #loveourschoolsday #happyfathersday #everychild #family
Want to grin like the winner in this reel? Join School Connect’s exciting Brewery Tour Fundraiser, Thursday, July 25th! https://schoolconnectaz.org/event/brewery-tour-24/   

Tour 3 incredible local breweries while you play to win and make valuable connections. Plus, by supporting School Connect, you’re helping Arizona youth find community and support! Together we can foster vital connections between our local schools and the surrounding community. Why not lend a hand while indulging in delicious craft beers? 

But that’s not all – you can also participate in our thrilling Poker Experience, where you’ll have a chance to win 50% of the prize pool. It’s a win-win situation: you get to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon while contributing to a worthy cause. 

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to socialize, savor fine brews, and make a positive impact on our children’s education. Secure your spot today and be a part of something truly special! 

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Get a jump start on creating impact for next year! School Connect invites you to submit your Love Our School Day project now. 

Help make those significant community connections for your school by submitting your projects early, allowing local organizations to put it on their calendar. 

Cultivating community takes time and getting a head start will only help in inviting student leaders, parents, and other community members to join in! 

https://schoolconnectaz.org/love-our.../submit-your-project/ 

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