Awards2019-01-11T15:57:02+00:00

2019 Outstanding Leader of the Year

The Outstanding Leadership Award is presented to an adult education administrator with five or more years of experience who has made an outstanding contribution toward fostering the concept of education as a continuing life-process. The awardee must demonstrate a contribution to adult education at the community and state levels.

Award Criteria:

  1. A current adult education administrator with five or more years of experience in adult education
  2. Makes outstanding contributions to adult education
  3. Demonstrates a clear understanding of adult education and literacy not only as a process, but also as a concept that continues throughout life
  4. Exhibits leadership qualities at all levels (local and state) and is a strong advocate of adult education and literacy
  5. Achieves results and is respected by his/her colleagues
  6. Has received awards and/or recognition for his/her work. 
  7. Nominee and nominator must be a PAACE member in good standing
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2019 Outstanding Practitioner of the Year

The Outstanding Practitioner Award is presented to an adult educator, student support specialist (case manager), MIS specialist, or other practitioner within adult education. Three or more years of adult education experience is required as well as participation in activities that promote the program within the community. This award is given to an individual who understands the characteristics of the adult learner and who is committed to the adult/continuing education profession.

Award Criteria:

  1. A current adult educator with three of more years of adult education experience
  2. Participates in school and community activities
  3. Communicates effectively with learners, colleagues, and supervisors
  4. Is committed to the adult/continuing education profession as well as his/her own lifelong learning (evidence of professional development)
  5. Understands the physical, psychological, social, and cognitive characteristics of the adult learner
  6. Accepts the learner’s cultural and ethnic uniqueness
  7. Provides a non-threatening, supportive atmosphere for learning, which fosters freedom of thought and expression
  8. Assists learners in formulating personal learning objectives and assessing progress towards those objectives
  9. Uses the instructional methods, techniques, materials, and resources most appropriate for the learning tasks and characteristics of the adult learner
  10. Nominee and nominator must be a PAACE member in good standing
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2019 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

The Outstanding Volunteer Award is presented to a tutor with three or more years of adult education tutoring experience and who participates in school and community activities. This award is given to an individual who understands the characteristics of the adult learner and who is committed to the adult/continuing education profession.

Award Criteria:

  1. A current volunteer with three or more years of adult education tutoring experience
  2. Participates in school and community activities
  3. Communicates effectively with learners and supervisors
  4. Committed to the adult/continuing education
  5. Committed to his/her own lifelong learning (evidence of professional development)
  6. Understands the physical, psychological, social, and cognitive characteristics of the adult learner
  7. Accepts the learner’s cultural and ethnic uniqueness
  8. Provides a non-threatening, supportive atmosphere for learning, which fosters freedom of thought and expression
  9. Assists learners in formulating personal learning objectives with the learner achieving progress towards those objectives
  10. Uses the instructional methods, techniques, materials and resources most appropriate for the learning tasks and characteristics of the adult learner
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2019 Outstanding Student of the Year

The Outstanding Student Award is provided to a student who has demonstrated significant learning gains and/or outcomes while overcoming difficult circumstances in efforts to pursue adult learning, who has supported other adult learners, and who has managed significant adult responsibilities such as those related to employment, family, or community.

Award Criteria:

  1. An adult learner as defined by the sponsoring organization
  2. Has significant adult responsibilities, such as those relating to employment, family, or community
  3. Has improved the life situation(s) of self/others as a result of learning experience
  4. Demonstrates leadership within formal or non-traditional learning environments
  5. Maintains family, civic, or employment responsibilities while concurrently pursuing educational goals
  6. Has overcome difficult circumstances in order to pursue adult learning experiences
  7. Has been supportive of others engaged in adult learning
  8. Must have been a student or self-directed learner within 12 months prior to the nomination date
  9. Has demonstrated significant learning gains and/or educational or workplace outcomes
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2019 Outstanding Partner of the Year

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) calls for partnerships among WIOA-funded agencies, employers, Workforce Development Boards, CareerLinks, training providers, coalitions, and public/private/government sectors.  Is there a partner that you would like to nominate who has demonstrated significant dedication to the success of adult education services? It could be a WIOA partner, a business, an elected official, a Coalition, and/or any other individual or group which is fully invested in the success of adult education. If so, please consider nominating your outstanding partner (group or individual) for the Outstanding Partner Award!

Award Criteria:

  1. Has advocated for and promoted adult education for three or more years
  2. Demonstrates a deep understanding of the significant role adult education agencies play in providing educational services for youth and adults on their pathways to educational success, training, and employment
  3. Supports more than one adult education agency
  4. Exhibits practices which could serve as a model statewide and/or nationwide
  5. Partners for the purpose of increasing the success of adult learners as opposed to doing so for self-serving reasons
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2019 Joan Y. Leopold Service Award

Joan Y. Leopold served as a board member of the Dauphin County Library System for more than 20 years and was an ardent supporter of PAACE. Joan’s untimely passing in 2006 continues to resonate in the PAACE organization today. A tireless advocate for adult literacy, her belief that reading opens a world of education and imagination lives on in all those she touched through her efforts. The Joan Y. Leopold Service Award is provided to any PAACE member who has provided outstanding service to PAACE.

Award Criteria:

  1. Informal process of nomination by a PAACE member to the President; discussed and selected by Executive Committee
  2. Demonstrates leadership within formal or non-traditional adult learning environments
  3. Supports others engaged in adult learning
  4. Nominee and nominator must be a PAACE member in good standing
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