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Each year members of NAME are invited to nominate outstanding colleagues and agencies to receive one of NAME’s Annual Awards for their superlative work in the fields of Multicultural Education and social justice. Here are the categories and recent winners:

  • G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator of the Year Award   •   RECENT WINNERS
    A multicultural educator can be a PreK through 12th grade classroom teacher, a teacher in higher education, a community activist or any person – including a student  who serves to educate others. Two awards may be given; one for a person from the area where our national conference is held, and one from any other location. An educator may be nominated for this NAME Award if he or she meets the following eligibility criteria:
    A)   There is evidence of long term, scholarly commitment to teaching from a multicultural perspective.
    B)   There are multiple facets of diversity (e.g., race, ethnicity, social class, gender, language, sexual orientation, exceptionality, belief systems) addressed in the recipient’s work.
    C)   The recipient is an example of multicultural ideals and practices (e.g., teaching excellence, service in the community, participation in local, regional, or national organizations).
  • Carl A. Grant Research Award   •  RECENT WINNERS

    An Award will be given to an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to advancing our knowledge of multicultural education through research. Two awards may be given; one for a person from the area where our national conference is held, and one from any other location.An educator may be nominated for this NAME Award if he or she meets the following eligibility criteria:A)        Long term, scholarly commitment to multicultural education.
    B)  A multicultural theoretical framework with an established chain of inquiry.
    C)  The research addresses multiple facets of diversity
    D)  Investigates complex issues in novels ways that lead to deeper understanding of the manner in which multicultural issues manifest themselves in schools and society.
    E)   Established publication record.
    F)   Established record of sharing research results with colleagues in   professional forum
    G)   Break new ground in our thinking about multicultural issues.

 

  • Carter Godwin Woodson Award  •  RECENT WINNERS  •
    The Carter G. Woodson Service Award is named for Dr. Woodson in recognition of his dynamic scholarly leadership in establishing the origins of the multicultural movement by building an institution devoted to correcting the misinterpretations in American History being taught to America’s children when he established The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now African American Life and History (ASALH)) in 1915. When Dr. Woodson began Negro History Week in 1926 that ultimately became Black History Month in 1976, his desire was that other ethnic groups would follow this model to add to the annals of United States history their rich historical contributions as well.  In the 1980s, thirty years after his death, his dream was realized when groups throughout the country began to establish month-long celebrations honoring their cultural legacies.  In the tradition of Dr. Woodson, the Woodson Award symbolizes excellence in multicultural writing, scholarship and achievements in multicultural life, history and culture.
    The Carter Godwin Woodson Service Award is presented to an individual whose career has been highlighted with service to multicultural education that continuously corrects the deficiencies in American history where African American History and the history of other cultures is misinterpreted, distorted, or ignored.  This symbolizes the life of Dr. Woodson.  In the Woodson tradition, the recipient’s career is distinguished through at least a decade of work in the field of multiculturalism and must have contributed and/or published in the field of multiculturalism.
    This award will be given annually to a person who possesses the following qualitiesA member of NAME;
  • A)   A person who has been an active supporter and contributor to the work of NAME for 10 or more years;
    B)   A person whose service to NAME has contributed significantly to its mission and can be identified in at least three of six areas, (i.e. branches, executive board, fundraising, multicultural education research or writing, multicultural educational programs; mentoring);  and
    C)  An individual whose career has been highlighted with service to multicultural education, and service to the community.
  • This symbolizes the life of Dr. Woodson.  Dr. Woodson devoted his entire life and resources to chronicling African American history.  The NAME Woodson Award symbolizes excellence in research, writing, scholarship, service to the community, mentoring and achievement in multicultural life, history and culture.  The person selected must be a servant to the community and must have contributed to the National Association for Multicultural Educators.

 

  • Multicultural Children’s Publication Award  •  RECENT WINNERS
    In order for a children’s publication to be considered for this NAME Award, it must meet the following eligibility criteria:
    A)   Fosters awareness, acceptance, and affirmation of diversity with PreK through  grade 12 students.
  • B)     It is an original work that has wide audience appeal and creates an interest in multicultural issues.
    C)    Contributes to the development of multicultural education (e.g., adds to the knowledge base, fosters personal growth).
    D)   The author has appropriate credentials (e.g., has field in the work of multicultural education or with multicultural populations).
    E)    Maintains high multicultural standards in its genre (e.g., scholarly, well written, well illustrated, well researched).
     
  • Multicultural Media Award  •  RECENT WINNERS
    In order for a media selection to be considered for the NAME Media Award, it must meet the following eligibility criteria:
    A)   Fosters awareness, acceptance, and affirmation of diversity in society.B)    It is an original work that has wide audience appeal and creates an interest in multicultural issues.C)    Contributes to the development of multicultural education (e.g., adds to the knowledge base, informs policymakers, fosters personal growth).D)   The author has appropriate credentials (e.g., has field in the work of multicultural education or with multicultural populations).
    E)  Maintains high multicultural standards in its genre.

 

  • Rose Duhon Sells Multicultural Program Award  •   RECENT WINNERS
    An Award given to an educational organization (e.g., school, community group) whose program exemplifies NAME goals.Two awards may be presented; one for a local effort in the community where our national conference is held, and one from any other location.A Multicultural Program may be nominated for this NAME Award if it meets the following eligibility criteria:A)   The mission and goals of the program reflect attention to multiple facets of diversity.
    B)    The program meets the needs of a diverse population or seeks to expand multiculturalism for monocultural populations.
    C)    The program offers a curriculum that responds to the diversity of our nation and prepares students to be active participants in our democratic society.
    D)   The program offers effective instructional strategies for the population it serves.
    E)    The program fosters connections between home, school, and community.
    F)     There are documented results to share with the larger educational community

 

  • NAME Presidential Chapter Award   •  RECENT WINNERS  •
    This Award will be presented annually to the President of the chapter that has shown exemplary recruitment, retention of members and whose programs and activities exemplifies NAME goals:

A Chapter may be nominated for this NAME Award if it meets the following eligibility criteria:

A)  The mission and goals of the chapter reflect attention to multiple facets of diversity.
B)  The chapter meets the needs of a diverse population or seeks to expand multiculturalism in education.
C)  The chapter offers programs or holds conferences that responds to the diversity of our nation and prepares participants to be active in our democratic society.
D)   There are documented results to share with the larger educational community.
E) The members of this chapter must also hold a current membership with the national organization,
F)  The chapter must be in good standing with the National Office.

 

  • Philip C. Chinn Multicultural Book Award  •  RECENT WINNERS  •
    A Multicultural Book Award is given to a trade or textbook used primarily by adults. It must meet the following eligibility criteria:A) Fosters awareness, acceptance, and affirmation of diversity in society.
    B)  Is an original work that has wide audience appeal and creates an interest in multicultural issues.
    C)  Contributes to the development of multicultural education (e.g., adds to the knowledge base, informs policymakers, fosters personal growth).
    D)   The author has appropriate credentials (e.g., has field in the work of multicultural education or with multicultural populations).
    E) Maintains high multicultural standards in its genre (e.g. scholarly, well-written, well illustrated, well researched).

 

  • Agency/Institution/Corporate Award Equity    •  RECENT WINNERS  •

    This award is given to an agency (e.g. agency, corporation, institution, business) that has made a major contribution to supporting and advancing the mission and goals of NAME.

 

The Equity and Social Justice Advocacy Award is given annually to an individual in the public sphere who has used her or his celebrity or social standing to advocate for the elimination of oppression and the establishment of equity and social justice in schools and the larger society.

The recipient must have demonstrated her or his advocacy through activism, not simply through financial contributions. Activism can include, but is not limited to, political or community organizing, leading or participating in educational campaigns regarding social justice and human rights, engaging the arts for social justice advocacy, playing a leadership role in a non-governmental agency or non-profit organization that advocates educational equity and social justice, or demonstrating a more general and consistent commitment to advocating for the political and educational rights of dispossessed people.

Nominees must demonstrate the following eligibility criteria:
A) A long term commitment to advocating equity and social justice in schools and/or society; and

B)  A commitment to using her or his celebrity status to advocate publicly and explicitly to fight for equity and social justice.