Apple Awards nomination window opens November 14
Window to remain open 9 weeks to encourage more participation
CASTLE ROCK - In response to teacher feedback and a desire to encourage even more students, parents and employees to participate -- the Douglas County Educational Foundation announced plans this week to expand its nomination window for the upcoming 12th Annual Apple Awards. The Foundation will accept nominations starting, Monday, November 14, 2016 and the window will remain open through Winter Break to Friday, January 13, 2017.
According to DCEF Director, Jason Christensen, the move will result in the Awards nominations being open for nine (9) weeks, rather than three (3) weeks as in year’s past.
“We not only wanted to give people more time, but we pushed the opening date back to give parents and community members opportunity to base their nominations on the current academic year as well,” said Christensen.
The change is part of an effort to refashion the Apple Awards in a way that reflects the wishes of our teachers and education professionals, Christensen explained.
“Our plan is to continue to keep the Apple Awards as the Foundation and District’s premiere event. We love celebrating the best of Douglas County and this won’t change,” Christensen explained. “We hope to honor the event’s great history, while also looking for ways to better celebrate the teaching profession as a whole, including the contributions made by every teacher and staff member in DCSD.”
More than 500 teachers and classified personnel were recently surveyed on the Awards which Christensen described as a good cross section of experience, grade levels taught, and geography by Feeder schools. “There was a real diversity of opinion on the Awards. Surveys, however, aren’t enough,” Christensen suggested. “Our next step is to invite teachers to join us in revamping the Apple Awards in such a way that they feel honored and proud to attend,” he added.
DCEF is now working to assemble a steering committee made of teachers and support staff to weigh in on the Awards.
“We want this to be an organic, grass roots process where those on the frontline have a hand in shaping the Awards,” declared Christensen. Any DCSD teacher or classified employee wishing to participate in the working group is encouraged to email jason.christensen[at]dcsdk12[dot]org before November 4, 2016.