Excellence in Education Awards


Nomination Process

A candidate for an Excellence in Education Award must have a minimum of two nominations by professional educators.  It is possible to nominate oneself; two other nominations by professional educators are still needed. (Note: Supporting statements from others such as colleagues, students, and parents, are encouraged.)

The following information must be included in a nomination packet:

  1. Nomination Form (The link is on this website.)

  2. A brief statement of the nominee’s current responsibilities

  3. A clear and full description of the significant educational achievement(s) for which the individual is being nominated.  Include specific examples and information on the success, impact, and possible use as a model to others.  (Attach all pages to the Nomination Form.)

  4. A brief biographical sketch of the nominee

  5. Statements of endorsement by professional educators (a minimum of 2, a maximum of 8) that comment on the candidate and his/her achievements, approximately 2 pages each.

  6. Any relevant supporting nomination Example: student products

Suggestions for a making a nomination:

The candidate nominated is one who goes “above and beyond” his/her job description and makes a significant impact upon children (directly or indirectly).  The project, product, and/or process of excellence for which the nominee is recognized is a long lasting one, rather than a one time experience for students.

Additional suggestions for submission of a nomination that make a strong case for a candidate:

  • Letters of endorsement from students, parents, teachers in addition to administrators

  • Match the criteria with specific examples of working with students and teachers *

  • Provide details about the specific project, product, or process and its impact for which the candidate is nominated.

  • Give specific examples that elaborate generalized words; for example “creative and innovative approaches” need more information.

  • Provide a complete nomination package.

*See Goldin Foundation nomination information below that provides details about  Eligibility and Award Criteria.


Nominating letters should be typewritten, double spaced and approximately two pages in length.  Note the candidates’ name on the top of each page. All nominations must be received by the 3rd Friday in January. Please send the Nomination Packet to:  


For school systems served by The Education Cooperative (TEC)/ Metro-West Boston: Canton, Dedham, Dover, Dover-Sherborn, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medfield, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norwood, Sherborn, The Education Cooperative, Walpole, Wayland, Westwood

Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education

      c/o Walpole Public Schools

              Attn. Dr. Jean Kenney, Asst. Supt.

135 School Stree

     Walpole, MA 02081



For school systems served by the EDCO Collaborative:

Acton-Boxborough Regional, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Boston Public Schools,  Brookline, Carlisle, Concord, Concord-Carlisle, Lexington, Lincoln, Lincoln-Sudbury, Newton, Sudbury, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston, Winchester

Goldin Foundation for Excellence in


                           85 Grove Street #408

                           Wellesley, MA 02482



For school systems served in the Silicon Valley, CA  region:  cambrian school district, Campbell Union School District, Campbell Union High School District, Cupertino school district, Fremont Union High School District, Lakeside School District, Loma Prieta School District, Los Altos School District, Los Gatos-Saratoga High School District,  Los Gatos Union School District, Luther Burbank School District, Moreland School District, Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, Mountain View Whisman School District, Saratoga Union School District, Sunnyvale School District, Union School District

 Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education

          c/o Union School District 

       Superintendent's Office

         Attn. Marguerite Riggins

5175 Union Avenue

San Jose, CA 95124




For school systems served by the Houston Region 4 Education Service Center: Aldine ISD, Anahuac ISD, Barbers Hill ISD, Channelview ISD, Cleveland ISD, Crosby iSD, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD,  Devers ISD, East Chambers ISD, Galena Park ISD, Goose Creek ISD, Hardin ISD, Houston ISD, Huffman ISD, Hull-Daisetta ISD,  Liberty ISD, Sheldon ISD, Tarkington ISD, YES Prep


 Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education

              c/o Region 4 Education Service Center

              Attn. Vivian Mendoza

              7145 West Tidwell Road

              Houston, Texas 77092-2021



Any person or group working directly with students, teachers, other support staff within the school setting or in the community is eligible to apply.  Eligibility requires participation within the previous school year.

Participants may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • certified classroom teachers

  • administrators

  • guidance counselors

  • school specialists

  • school nurses

  • part-time teachers

  • substitute teachers

  • teachers' aides

  • parents

  • representatives of the community

Areas of participation may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Enriching innovative programs in the classroom, school, or community

  • Engaging in professional growth

  • Establishing programs for other educators

  • Designing programs that focus on special populations

  • Developing initiatives for collaboration between the schools and parents or members of the community

Award Criteria

The award is designed to recognize excellence, expertise, and demonstrable achievement in education.  Criteria for this award correspond closely to the Foundation’s belief that educators play a vital role in society in supporting young people’s growth and preparing them to be adaptable, flexible, creative, and responsive to future societal change.

Criteria used in the selection process are:

1.   Demonstrated excellence in education with a tangible product, project or process that has had a successful impact on others.


2.   Evidence of commitment to the growth of young people: respecting individual needs and talents, fostering self esteem, and encouraging realization of individual potential.


3.   Evidence of outstanding personal and character attributes: setting high expectations for one's personal achievements and students' achievements, demonstrating leadership, and acting as a catalyst for others.


4.    Implementation of a creative and innovative   approach that has made a difference in one’s classroom or school.


5.   Service as an exemplary model for students, peers, and/or parents and the community.