To search for what works in schools, ASCD plans to seek out and celebrate the accomplishments of a young educator who achieves excellence and equity in teaching and learning. In 2004, ASCD will select four finalists from two rounds of nominations. Spring nominations will run until April 15, with two finalists announced in May. Fall nominations will run from April 16 to Oct. 15, with two finalists announced in November. In December, the annual winner will be chosen from among the four finalists. The winner will receive a check for $10,000, be profiled in Educational Leadership magazine, and be honored during a general session at the 2005 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit in Orlando. The winner also will receive an ASCD Institutional Membership for his or her school or district. Nominees should be education professionals, 40 years of age or younger, who demonstrate exemplary commitment and exceptional contribution to the profession. Their creative and innovative accomplishments within the classroom, school, district, state, or region must have had a significant impact on student performance and achievement over time and must provide an ongoing model of excellence in encouraging all learners to succeed. Nominations must be made by ASCD members; self nominations are not permitted.

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