High-quality early education makes a difference in children’s lives. This is what the research says, again and again. Research also says that the quality of the early educator is a key determinant of the quality of a child’s early learning experience. The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care plans to recognize this connection by recognizing “exceptional educators and instructional leaders.” The department will present awards to 10 educators and instructional leaders in each of its six regions. Applications are due March 5.
Here’s what the department said in announcing the award program:
“The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is honoring exceptional educators and instructional leaders who have demonstrated quality skills in contributing to the early childhood education and out of school time field. EEC, in collaboration with regional grantees who provide professional development, mental health consultation, and family support services to EEC’s mixed delivery system will honor the contributions of 10 outstanding educators and instructional leaders in each of its six regions. Each recipient will receive an award and a certificate recognizing their accomplishments. Award recipients will also be honored at gatherings across the state and at the State House.
“If you are interested in applying for either the exceptional educator or instructional leader award please contact the Educator and Provider Support Grantee in your region or you can access the application from Early Education and Care’s website at: http://www.mass.gov/edu/government/departments-and-boards/department-of-early-education-and-care/exception-leaders-and-educators-awards.html.
“Please follow directions provided within the application. All applications should be returned to your Educator and Provider Support Grantee in your region no later than 4 p.m. on March 5, 2012. You will find information provided within the application on how to contact your regional Educator and Provider Support Grantee.”