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18th Annual
“Excellence in Action Awards”
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The 18th Annual Excellence in Action (EIA) Awards nomination process is officially closed. Please contact FDLRS Parent Services if you have any questions about EIA or other FDLRS Parent Services events at FDLRS Parent Services or  813-837-7732



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We are excited to announce that the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) Parent Services is now accepting nominations for the 18th Annual Excellence in Action Awards which will be presented on May 1, 2017.

The Excellence in Action Awards (EIA) were established to recognize individuals who have made a difference in the life of a student with special needs receiving Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services.  Over the last 17 years, family members, including students, have been inspired to submit hundreds of nominations for administration, teachers, support staff, transportation staff, therapists, community members, and volunteers who have touched their lives.  

EIA nomination letters will be accepted from family members or students only, and should specify how the nominee has made a difference in the life of their child with special needs.  EIA nomination letters will be verified and separated into categories.  The winner of each category will be determined based on the content of the letter.

Special Awards have been added over the years to recognize individuals and organizations who have made broad contributions through their leadership and innovative programs that enhance the lives of families with special needs children and their communities.  They are the Millie Bucy Positive Parent Involvement Award and the Community Award.

For these two awards, nomination letters will be accepted from anyone and should specify the individual nominee’s or organization’s accomplishments that enhance the lives of families of special needs families and their communities.

Nomination Process:

Excellence in Action(EIA) Awards:
Please submit an online nomination for an individual who has made a difference in the life of your child with special needs from your child’s school or community.  This group includes all teachers, support staff, therapists, administration, volunteers, district staff, transportation staff, crossing guards, tutors, sports & recreation, etc.

Millie Bucy Positive Parent Involvement Award:
Please submit an online nomination for a parent of a special needs child who has positively and collaboratively advocated for their child and has taken their very personal experiences to encourage and support other families who have children with special needs.

Community Award:
Please submit an online nomination for an individual, organization, or business that has shown their commitment to enhancing the lives of children with special needs by supporting their educational, personal, and/or recreational activities.

Deadline for Submissions:

Please submit your nomination(s) by 5 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2017

Excellence in Action Awards FAQ

Where do I go to submit a nomination?  Please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/EIA2017 to submit a nomination

Who can help me with the online nomination?  For those with special or unique circumstances, please contact Debbie Valdes, FDLRS Parent Services for assistance at (813) 837-7732 or email fdlrsparentservices@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Who is eligible to submit a nomination for the EIA Awards?  Any parent or caregiver of a student with special needs or the student with special needs.

What are the different EIA Award Categories?
Teacher:  ESE teacher or General Education teacher who works with your child
Administrative:  assistant principal, principal, district resource teacher, etc.
Therapist:  speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, etc.
Instructional Support:  nurse, ESE specialist, social worker, psychologist, etc.
Support Staff:  paraprofessional, health, food service, office, custodial, etc.
Transportation Staff:  bus driver, attendant, supervisor
Other / Community Agencies:  crossing guards, sports & recreation, etc.
Volunteers:  peer buddies, parents, etc.

What information do I need for the EIA nomination?  Your name and contact information, your nominee’s name and contact information, your child’s name, and a short paragraph explaining how your nominee has made a difference in the life of your child with special needs.  We recommend typing the paragraph in a document which can be copied and pasted into the online form.

May I nominate my coworker or family member for an EIA award?  They work with students.  We appreciate the thought, but unless they work with your child with special needs, they do not meet the criteria for nomination.

Who is eligible to submit a nomination for the Special EIA Awards?  Everyone is eligible to submit a nomination for the Millie Bucy Positive Parent Involvement Award and the Community Award.

What information do I need for the Millie Bucy Positive Parent Involvement Award or the Community Award?  Your name and contact information, your nominee’s name or organization and contact information, and a short paragraph explaining how your nominee or organization’s accomplishment has made a difference in the lives of children with special needs and their families.

Who will be invited to the event?  In addition to the individuals who have been nominated and the individuals who have submitted nominations, invitations will be sent to the nominee’s supervisor, area staff, the superintendent and his staff as well as school board members.

When is the event?  The evening of Monday, May 1, 2017.

When will the winners be announced?  During the Excellence in Action Awards Ceremony