Awards

Recognize Someone Today!

Each year AzCEC and AzCASE accepts nominations for outstanding individuals, grants and scholarships. Please take a few minutes to complete the nomination forms below. Individuals who are chosen by the awards committee will be recognized at our Annual State Conference. In addition to professionals, we also honor students who demonstrate an "I Can Do It" attitude. 

Awards Archive with Previous Award Winners

2018 Award Nominations DUE Nov 15, 2017

  1. Review the criteria for each award below by clicking the award link.
  2. Ensure that your awardee meets the eligibility requirements and you meet the nominator requirements. These differ for each award. Nominations are open from Oct 1 to Nov 15.
  3. Apply Online, be sure to submit all required information. 

 

Leadership and Service Awards

Outstanding Leadership Award

This award will be given to any person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in supporting special education and/or inclusive programming. It is intended for an individual who has demonstrated leadership qualities and who has accomplished something of significance making a difference for students with disabilities. The contribution can be in general or special education, but should be one that results in improved service to special education students. Download nomination form for complete details.

Distinguished Service Award

This award is for any individual within the community, a group, an organization, or a business which has shown a major concern or has performed in a significant manner for the advancement of exceptional individuals for Arizona. Download nomination form for complete details.

Laura Ganoung Award

This award is for current Arizona CASE members who are administrators or supervisors of special education and who have made a significant contribution to Arizona CASE and/or to the field of special education. Download nomination form for complete details.

The award honors Ms. Laura Ganoung who started the first special education program in the state of Arizona in 1951.  Her many accomplishments include: starting the first homebound program, the first program for students with emotional disabilities, the first training program for special education teachers at the University of Arizona and the Howenstine School for students with developmental disabilities to help them acquire job skills so that they could become employed upon graduation. Ms. Ganoung was an innovator who was well ahead of her time and who made significant contributions to the field.

Educator Awards

Samuel A. Kirk Teacher of the Year Award

This award is for a AzCEC member who has contributed significantly to the education of exceptional individuals through direct student contact in instruction or a training process. The awardee can apply for the International CEC "Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year" Award. Download nomination form for complete details.

 

The award honors Dr. Samuel A. Kirk who is internationally recognized for his accomplishments in the field of special education, while sometimes being referred to as the “Father of Special Education”. In 1963, Dr. Kirk was the first to use and define the term “learning disability”. In 1964, President John F. Kennedy appointed him the first director of the Division of Handicapped Children and Youth under the U.S. Office of Education, now the U.S. Department of Education. His commitment to students with learning disabilities led to the first ever Institute for Research on Exceptional Children in the 1960's. Dr. Kirk taught as a professor of special education at the University of Arizona from 1968 to 1985 and was also a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois.

PIP Award

Four $250 mini-grants are available to AzCEC members to Promote Innovative Practices (PIP) which are designed to enhance the learning of exceptional students and demonstrate best educational practices. Funds may be used for supplies, instructional aids, equipment or services for an individual or group. Funds cannot be used to pay for anything that normally would be paid for by the district, agency and/or family. Applications will be reviewed according to creativity, relationship to best educational practices, and appropriateness to the educational setting. Download application form for complete details.

Scholarship Award

The AzCASE Scholarship was established as a means of encouraging individuals to choose careers in special education, especially in areas of need. The award will assist students, who are AzCEC members, in pursuing their post-graduate education with an award of up to $2,000. Download nomination form for complete details.

Student Award

I Can Do It Award

Students are recognized for excelling, despite their disability, in academics, art, athletics, community service, employment, self-advocacy, technology or independent life skills. Student must currently receive special education services in Arizona. Download nomination form for complete details.

Samuel A. Kirk Teacher of the Year Award

This award is for a AzCEC member who has contributed significantly to the education of exceptional individuals through direct student contact in instruction or a training process and holds an Arizona Teacher certification or a related services specialist as recognized by the Arizona Department of Education. The awardee can apply for the International CEC "Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year" Award. 

 

The award honors Dr. Samuel A. Kirk who is internationally recognized for his accomplishments in the field of special education, while sometimes being referred to as the “Father of Special Education”. In 1963, Dr. Kirk was the first to use and define the term “learning disability”. In 1964, President John F. Kennedy appointed him the first director of the Division of Handicapped Children and Youth under the U.S. Office of Education, now the U.S. Department of Education. His commitment to students with learning disabilities led to the first ever Institute for Research on Exceptional Children in the 1960's. Dr. Kirk taught as a professor of special education at the University of Arizona from 1968 to 1985 and was also a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois.

Samuel A. Kirk Teacher of the Year Award

This award is for a AzCEC member who has contributed significantly to the education of exceptional individuals through direct student contact in instruction or a training process and holds an Arizona Teacher certification or a related services specialist as recognized by the Arizona Department of Education. The awardee can apply for the International CEC "Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year" Award. 

 

The award honors Dr. Samuel A. Kirk who is internationally recognized for his accomplishments in the field of special education, while sometimes being referred to as the “Father of Special Education”. In 1963, Dr. Kirk was the first to use and define the term “learning disability”. In 1964, President John F. Kennedy appointed him the first director of the Division of Handicapped Children and Youth under the U.S. Office of Education, now the U.S. Department of Education. His commitment to students with learning disabilities led to the first ever Institute for Research on Exceptional Children in the 1960's. Dr. Kirk taught as a professor of special education at the University of Arizona from 1968 to 1985 and was also a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois.