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“Teacher Is Not What YOU DO, but Who You Are”

BEVERLY ROGERS
Chairman of the Board,
The Rogers Foundation

We have great teachers living right here in our community. These include educators who go above and beyond to put kids first and not only teach, but also inspire. They work tirelessly and never ask for recognition. As Beverly Rogers has eloquently said, “Teacher is not what you do, but what you are.” They are unsung heroes and deserve to hear more thanks from the people of Clark County.

A teacher awards program hosted at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is credited with helping to retain and recruit great teachers in Washington, D.C., which has inspired The Smith Center to offer such recognition in our own community. Thanks to financial support from The Rogers Foundation and the help of the public, The Smith Center is pleased to offer a grand celebration for educators here in Las Vegas: The Heart of Education Awards.

The inaugural event in 2016 saw tremendous community support, which The Smith Center hopes to build upon. A great education starts with great educators, and we are proud to point our spotlight in their direction.

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Myron Martin
President and CEO,
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

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1. Nominate A Teacher

Do you know a local CCSD teacher who stands above the rest? A teacher who goes above and beyond to put students first? Nominations are now open for The 2022 Heart of Education Awards.

  - Your personal information
  - Teacher’s name / school
  - Teacher’s CCSD email address
  - A 200-word-or-less recommendation
  - Nomination deadline is Friday, January 14, 2022
Nominate A Teacher
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2. Teachers Submit
Applications

Once a nomination has been submitted, each nominated teacher will receive an email notification to complete a separate online application. Teachers will be asked to write a 500-word-or-less essay describing how they have gone above and beyond to support their students. Application deadline for the 2022 Heart of Education Awards is Friday January 21, 2022.

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3. Finalists Announced

After the application process has closed, a panel of judges — including community leaders, education experts and event sponsors — will narrow down the field to the finalists.
Finalists will be announced Spring 2022.

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4. The Heart Of Education
Awards

The 2022 Heart Of Education Awards will be held on Friday, April 22, 2022.

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“The Heart of Education Awards has brought thousands of teachers to school this fall with their heads held higher”

Lynne Gronert,
Heart Of Education Award Winner

The Heart Of Education FAQs


  • Why did The Smith Center launch this program?

    The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, along with The Rogers Foundation, launched The Heart of Education Awards with the goal of honoring, recruiting and retaining great educators in the Clark County School District.

  • How are the awards affiliated with the Clark County School District (CCSD)?

    The Heart of Education Awards are supported by the CCSD, but unlike district-run initiatives, this program is managed by a group of community leaders who believe that our teachers should be recognized for their fine work.

  • Who can nominate a teacher?

    A nomination can come from a student, alumnus, parent, colleague, PTA member, community leader or anyone who is not related to the teacher and who knows his/her/their work. In order to complete the nomination form, a nominator should be prepared with the teacher’s name, school and CCSD email address (ex: wxyz@nv.ccsd.net), as well as reasons for the nomination. This includes ways the teacher has gone above and beyond to support students.

  • Are there any fees with the nomination/application process?

    No. It is free to nominate a teacher and for teachers to apply for The Heart of Education Awards.

  • Where do I go to submit a nomination?

    Nominations are now open for the 2022 Heart of Education Awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 14, 2022.
    Nominate A Teacher

  • How do I nominate a teacher?

    The nominator must submit their nomination online by completing the Nomination form. After submission of the nomination your teacher will be notified via email of your nomination. The teacher will be supplied with a link to follow in order to complete the online application and submit it.
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  • When is the deadline to nominate a teacher?

    The nomination deadline for the 2022 Heart Of Education Awards is Friday, January 14, 2022.
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  • How does a teacher complete an application?

    The nominated teacher will receive an email advising them that they have been nominated. An electronic link will be supplied in the email which takes the teacher to the portal where they will complete the online application.

  • When is the deadline for teacher applications?

    The applications deadline for the 2022 Heart Of Education Awards is Friday, January 21, 2022.

  • What is the decision-making process and criteria for selection?

    Qualified applications will be judged by community leaders, education experts and sponsors who will be looking for evidence of how teachers have done exceptional work with making a difference in students’ lives. Award winners will be chosen based on the quality of their applications, their letters of recommendation and their compelling stories. Incomplete or inaccurate applications, as well as entries not complying with all of the rules, will be subject to disqualification. Judges’ decisions are final and binding. The number of finalists is dependent upon the number of qualified applicants.

  • When will finalists be notified?

    Finalists will be notified via email in Spring 2022. The number of Finalists is dependent upon the number of qualified applicants and will not exceed 850.

  • Who is eligible to win a Heart of Education award?

    To be eligible, nominees must be CCSD licensed, full-time teachers in good standing who have completed three consecutive years of teaching in the Clark County School District by the date of their application submission may apply. Teachers in after-school, private schools or studios, Charter schools or other educational settings are not eligible at this time. Substitute teachers are not eligible. Winners of previous Heart of Education cash awards are not eligible for three years following their award.

  • When is The Heart of Education Awards ceremony?

    The 2022 Heart Of Education Awards will be held on Friday, April 22, 2022.

  • Can I apply for this award every year?

    Yes, but past cash award winners are not eligible for three years after the year they received the award.

  • What do finalists and winners receive?

    Finalists will receive a printed certificate honoring them as a Heart of Education finalist, as well as an envelope of gifts courtesy of our Heart of Education sponsors. The top 20 winners selected by the judges will each receive a custom medal and a cash gift of $5,000. Each winner’s school will also receive a cash gift of $1,000 to be used for a program selected by the winning teacher.

  • How else can I get involved?

    This is a community wide celebration for educators, and everyone who believes in the value of a great public education should participate. The Heart of Education Awards is not funded by CCSD and we encourage your participation. To find out more about the various sponsorship opportunities and to pledge your support, please send an email to heartofeducation@thesmithcenter.com

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2022 Sponsors of The Heart of Education Awards

2021 The Heart Of Education Sponsors

To find out more about the various sponsorship opportunities and to pledge your support, please send an email to heartofeducation@thesmithcenter.com.