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There Are Heroes Among Us: ASCD Is Awarding $10,000 to Young Educators


We're floored by their passion. We're impressed by their unflagging enthusiasm. We're grateful that they are making a positive difference in the lives of children every day.

At first glance, they may look like average teachers and administrators, but they are different. They are outstanding. They are excellent. They are also ... young.

ASCD needs your help in saluting the next generation of excellence in education. Think of these heroes, these teachers and administrators who have done so much so early in their career. Did you know that each year, ASCD awards $10,000 to up to two educators under the age of 40 in recognition of their significant accomplishments?

But how do you recognize excellence? Each ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) winner educates the whole child, demonstrates leadership, improves student engagement, achievement and learning, and makes contributions to the education profession. 2011 OYEA teacher winner Brad Kuntz empowered an entire school in Gladstone, Ore., to become more green and sustainable. 2011 OYEA administrator winner Luis Torres tirelessly worked to make PS 55 in the Bronx, N.Y., a safer and healthier place for his students. Watch Brad's and Luis's videos below to see this year's outstanding heroes in action.

Do the ASCD Outstanding Young Educators remind you of someone you know? Do they remind you of yourself? ASCD is accepting nominations and self-nominations for the 2012 Outstanding Young Educator Award until August 1, 2011. Learn more and apply or nominate at

Pinnacle by GlobalScholar is a sponsor of the OYEA program.

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