Annual Awards to Honor Adult Educators and Advocates

AALL Annual Awards Description and Criteria

Award of Excellence in Honor of Gary P. Tang: This award honors an individual or group who has assisted a program or the Adult Education Division of the Arizona Department of Education in areas such as administration, ideology, instruction, legislation, public leadership, innovative services or initiating cooperative inter-agency activity. The nominee has contributed toward fostering the concept of education as a process continuing throughout life.

Lifelong Learning Advocate Award in Honor of Francis E. Blake: This award honors an AALL member who has given a minimum of 5 years contribution to the field of Adult Education and has positively impacted or added value to the concept of learning as a lifelong process. The nominee has served the field and colleagues in diverse ways and has demonstrated professional excellence in this arena.

Lifetime Achievement Award in Honor of Gary A. Eyre: This award honors an individual who has served to foster the concept of lifelong learning for a minimum of 10 years and who has made far-reaching contributions to the field of lifelong learning at a local, state, national or international level. The individual’s accomplishments have had or will have an impact on the future of the field of lifelong learning. This individual is held in high regard by his/her peers.

AALL Rookie of the Year Award: This award honors an AALL member who has one to three years of active service in the field of Adult Education. The nominee has displayed leadership, demonstrated professional excellence, and has contributed to the field of lifelong learning.

AALL Educator of the Year Award:  This award honors an AALL member who has four or more years of active service in the field of Adult Education, as either a full time or part time instructor.  The nominee has displayed leadership, demonstrated professional excellence, and has contributed to the field of lifelong learning.

Student of the Year Award: This award honors an ABE, GED, ELAA, or citizenship student. The nominee has been an active student during the current calendar year, and has demonstrated leadership and has contributed to the field of lifelong learning.

AALL Support Staff of the Year Award:  This award honors an employee who serves in any of the following capacities: clerical, classroom/lab aide, GED examiner, administrative assistant, support technician, student services.  The nominee has contributed significantly to improving services for students. The nominee can be a full time or part time employee and does not have to be a member of AALL. 

AALL Volunteer of the Year Award:  This award honors a volunteer who has contributed his/her time to serving a program in any of the following capacities: clerical, classroom/lab aide, advisory board, leader, educator. The nominee does not have to be a member of AALL.

**NEW** AALL Champion of the Year Award: Awarded to the person or entity outside of adult education who/which has championed adult learners and adult programs in Arizona.



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