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2019 Inclusive Practice Award/Paraeducator of the Year Award 2019



2018 Winners ​
Ben Griese and Nicole Wagner
Chief Ivan Blunka School in New Stuyahok, Southwest Region School District

2017 Winners ​
Service High School Partners Club

2016 Winners ​
Nikiski Middle/High School Intensive Needs Team, 

2015 Winners
KeetGooshi Heen 
Elementary School in Sitka,   

2014 Winners
Monica Stockburger and Homer High School Intensive Needs Classroom staff

The Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education has established an annual award to be given at the Annual State Special Education Conference each February. For the last 15 years, the Inclusive Practice Award has honored outstanding educators who work to ensure students with disabilities have the opportunity for an inclusive education with their peers as part of the general education curriculum and school community.  Whereas numerous educators deserve recognition for a multitude of reasons, the focus of this award is exclusively on exemplary inclusive practices. New this year, an additional award will be given specifically to a special education paraeducator that exemplifies best practices in supporting students in classrooms. 

Parents, students and school personnel are encouraged to nominate an outstanding educator or team, or paraeducator who demonstrate inclusive practices by completing the nomination form found on the Governor’s Council website, below, and returning it to the Governor's Council by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019.

Nominees for the Inclusive Practice Award should be individuals or teams who are currently educators including (but not limited to) general education teachers, special education teachers, related service providers, administrators or other personnel. Nominees for the Paraeducator of the Year Award should be those working predominantly with students who receive special education services. Award winners are selected based on demonstration of the following criteria:

  • Involving parents as equal partners in their child’s education
  • Promoting inclusive practices that allow students with disabilities to be included within the classroom, with peers and in the school community
  • Modifying curricula or providing support services that enables access to the general curriculum, classroom or school community.

Download Nomination Form​, they should be submitted to Anne Applegate by Friday, January 4, 2019:

Education Committee/Inclusive Awards
3601 C Street, Suite 740
Anchorage, AK 99503

  • Questions: Phone (907) 269-5703

Anne L. Applegate
Program Coordinator II

Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education
3601 C Street, Suite 740 | Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 269-5703 | Toll free: 1(888) 269-8990
Webpage: http://www.dhss.alaska.gov/GCDSE/ 
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