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R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership

The R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. Four principals will be publicly recognized, one each from local school districts in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and City of Richmond.

For nearly 30 years, the R.E.B. Foundation and The Community Foundation have worked in partnership to promote excellence in public education. Through awards programs for public school teachers and principals, we are proud to honor those individuals who work tirelessly to ensure that youth have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in school and in life.

What We Look For

Eligibility

Nominees must be principals who:

  • Manage effectively to promote excellence in education
  • Demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment
  • Inspire their students and are advocates for their school and faculty
  • Encourage team spirit
  • Foster cooperation between the school and the community
  • Maintain dialogue with students, parents, faculty and staff
  • Have been a principal of their school for at least 3 years

Nomination Process

Nominations may be submitted from the school community and from the public at-large. However, principals may not nominate themselves.

The nomination should take the form of a letter and explain the nominee's distinguished educational leadership. Please also address the personal and professional qualities of the nominee as they relate to the criteria of this award. The original nomination should be no more than two 8 1/2" x 11" typed or computer generated pages in length. The nomination may be accompanied by up to three (3) additional one-page letters of support. Nominations must be received via mail or hand delivered by the deadline. No faxes or email are accepted.

Selection Process

Each district will establish a committee for screening its nominations in accordance with the above criteria and will select two nominees for consideration by the selection committee. Finalists must be selected from the current year nomination pool. In addition to the nomination and letters of support, the local panel may consider additional factors, including but not limited to: quantifiable student achievement, student attendance, promotion and retention rates, faculty recognition, faculty attrition, school-community relations, parent involvement, school safety records, etc. This information may be provided to the local panel at the discretion of the Superintendent’s office. Personnel and individual student records may not be requested. The local panel will provide to the Award Selection Committee a brief summary of those factors, which the panel considered in recommending the candidate for further consideration.

Additional requirements for finalists:

  • Professional vitae, not to exceed two (2) typed or computer generated pages
  • Interview with the Award Selection Committee

Size of Awards

Each award will consist of a $7,500 cash grant to the principal and an additional $7,500 for school projects chosen by the principal.

Contact

Additional information is available from the Superintendent's Offices in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond City. You may also contact Susan Hallett, VP of Programs, at 804-409-5610.

Nominate a Principal

The R.E.B. Foundation will consider the following items in selecting final candidates:

  1. Nomination
    The nominator should submit a letter (no more than two typed 8 1/2" x 11" pages) that describes the nominee's distinguished educational leadership. Please also address the personal and professional qualities of the nominee as they relate to the criteria of this award. Nominations must be received via mail or hand delivered by the deadline. No faxes or email are accepted.
    Nomination Deadline: November 17, 2016

  2. Letter of Support
    The nomination may be accompanied by up to three (3) additional one-page letters of support. Nominations should be addressed to:

    R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership
    c/o The Community Foundation
    Attn: Susan H. Hallett, Vice President, Programs
    7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 110
    Richmond, VA 23225

  3. Selection Process
    Each district will establish a committee for screening its nominations in accordance with the above criteria and will select two nominees for consideration by the selection committee. All final candidates will be asked to supplement his/her candidacy by a professional vitae, not to exceed two (2) typed or computer generated pages. Each final candidate also will be invited to interview with the Award Selection Committee.

  4. Announcement of Awards
    The next award recipients will be publicly announced in March 2017. Decisions of the Board of the R.E.B. Foundation are final.