2024 Champions of Innovation Award Application Now Open!

Champions of Innovation Award Presented by Arizona Rural Schools Association and Sponsored by Arizona State University

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About the Award

This award recognizes a leader in rural public education who exemplifies excellence through visionary leadership leading to the implementation of innovative practices securing a higher quality education for students at their rural public school or charter. Such innovation should demonstrate:

  • Commitment to educational quality and student achievement and a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  • Facilitating a sustainable school culture and instructional programs conducive to student learning and staff development.
  • Effective identification of student academic needs and appropriate instructional strategies to achieve measurable student academic improvement outcomes.


Eligibility Criteria

  • ARSA Member
  • District/school leader with at least two years of experience
  • Nominated by a peer recognizing the visionary leadership
  • Able to point to a singular innovative achievement transforming the quality of education within their school or district
  • Able to articulate the vision grounding their innovative approach to public education
  • Able to demonstrate (with testimonials or data) that the innovation implemented positively affected student achievement levels
  • Letters of support from at least two staff engaged in the implemented practice


Please submit your nomination by emailing momalley@asu.edu and attaching a completed nomination form.

In order for your nomination to be considered it must be submitted by July 1, 2024.


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