ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LIC-06-015

Date Created : 01/03/2006


Co-op Directors
other: All Principals; Co-Op Coordinators

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Human Resources/Licensure - Beverly A. Williams, Assistant Commissioner
Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Catherine North

Phone Number:


The Division of Human Resources/Licensure would like to announce an unparalleled opportunity for teachers in all school districts: the KINDER EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD. A $100,000 cash prize, the largest unrestricted K-12 teacher award in United States history, will be awarded to an extraordinary teacher in an underserved community. The award seeks to recognize innovative and results-oriented teaching and to raise public awareness of the importance of effective and committed teachers.

Nancy and Rich Kinder of Houston, Texas established this award so an outstanding educator serving low-income children could be rewarded financially. The award was created to honor Rich Kinder's mother, Edna C. Kinder, a former teacher in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Nominees must be full-time teachers in a K-12 classroom in a United States public or private school where at least 50 percent of students qualify for the free-or-reduced-price meal program. NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY FEBRUARY 1, 2006, at In the spring of 2006, a Blue Ribbon Panel of distingished educational leaders will review the finalists and select the winner, to be announced next summer.

The Kinders have partnered with Knowledge Is Power Program to administer the award's nomination and selection process. No educator employed in a Knowledge Is Power Program school during the 2005-2006 school year is eligible for this KINDER EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD.

For additional information or questions contact Catherine North at


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