The AEA offers a variety of awards concerning public education in Arkansas.
From the recognition of those Outstanding Local Affiliates, the notable contributions of Education Service Professionals, and those Future Teachers around the state, the association provides many an opportunity to acknowledge those with an impact on public education.
AEA Teacher of the Year Award
The AEA Teacher of the Year Award recognizes, rewards, and promotes excellence in teaching and advocacy for the association.
Emma Scott – Scholarship for Future Teachers
The Emma Scott Memorial Scholarships were established in 1961 by the Arkansas Education Association to honor Emma Scott. Miss Scott was a former English teacher in Little Rock and AEA staff member who is credited with establishing Future Teachers of America programs in Arkansas.
TE Patterson – Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
This $500 scholarship is awarded yearly to five African-American college students in Arkansas. Each year this scholarship also honors the memory of a distinguished African-American educator. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 1st. All applications must be completed with documents by the deadline. Otherwise the committee will not consider it.
TW Coggs – In-service Grant
A grant of $500 is awarded annually for the purpose of enabling a member of the Association to carry on a project, study, or research which would benefit education in some specific area. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 1.
Education Support Professional of the Year Award
The AEA Education Support Professional of the Year Award recognizes the contributions of Education Support Professionals to their schools, communities, and their profession. The award is presented to a member of the AEA who demonstrates outstanding accomplishments and reflects the contributions of ESP to public education.
Outstanding Local Association Award
The Outstanding Local Association Award recognizes local associations for achievements in one or more of the following areas: Instruction and Professional Development, Public Relations and Communications, Membership, Political Action, and Employee Rights and Responsibilities.
Local Newsletter Award
To enter your local association newsletter in the annual local newsletter competition, please complete and return this form, along with at least two copies of your local association newsletter produced during the school year. Newsletters must be submitted in hardcopy or as PDF files.
Outstanding Citizen Award
The Outstanding Citizen Award is designed to recognize an individual – not employed by a public school – who has made a significant contribution to public education, during the previous calendar year, and as exemplified by one or a combination of the following:
- Improving student achievement or curriculum
- Contributing to the advancement of the profession
- Promoting public education and/or school safety
School Bell Award
To promote excellence in reporting of public education news and/or local association news and to recognize those who have contributed to the improvement of public education through outstanding news coverage and interpretation, the Arkansas Education Association announces the annual Arkansas School Bell Awards program.