There's probably a contest or award that's just right for you!

In this current political climate, it’s not always common for educators to hear the words “well done.”

Schools today are under enormous pressure to produce results—and they must do so facing a number of challenges, including tight budgets and increasing poverty.

While technology can help, it’s not a panacea, and it takes a lot more than technology to reach a new generation of learners—it takes hard work, dedication, passion, and perseverance (not to mention strong leadership, staff development, and a supportive school culture).

To help educators, schools, and even ed-tech companies receive the credit they deserve when they bring these elements together to improve instruction, we’ve created a number of awards programs. These programs aim to highlight the innovative work of school and campus leaders, schools, districts, colleges, and education industry professionals, while holding it up as an example for others to follow.

To make these programs a success, however, we need your help. We’re asking readers to look at our many awards programs and consider nominating themselves or their colleagues.

But don’t delay—some programs are about to close in the next few weeks!

Our 2011-12 ed-tech awards programs include…

Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards (TSSA)

One of eSchool Media’s longest-running awards programs (now in its 12th year), TSSA seeks to honor superintendents who demonstrate exemplary vision for the use of technology to improve all facets of education—and who show outstanding leadership in working to make this vision a reality.

If your superintendent meets our 10 “hallmarks of excellence” for senior school district executives, then nominate this individual for our 12th annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards, sponsored by GlobalScholar. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 28. Winners will be honored in a ceremony held in conjunction with the American Association for School Administrators’ National Conference on Education in February 2012.

Nominees, who must be general superintendents of a K-12 school system, will be judged according to specific criteria, listed here. Ten national finalists will be chosen by the editors of eSchool News in consultation with the previous year’s winners.

To nominate a superintendent, click here.

Readers’ Choice Awards (RCA) for K-12 and Higher Education

One of our most popular award programs is back!

Have you had success with a particular ed-tech product or service? Want to recognize that product and share your success with your colleagues? Then nominate your favorite product(s) for our 2012 Ed-Tech Readers’ Choice Awards.

Nominations can include hardware, software, or online services in any area of educational technology.

In your nomination, please include the name of the product or service, the company that provides it, and a brief but detailed description telling us how you use the product or service and how it has benefited your school, district, or campus and its students. (The more specifics you can provide, the better.)

Nominations must come from school, district, or campus personnel only, and the person submitting the nomination should have a valid school or campus-issued eMail address. No nominations by vendors, please.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 28, and winners will be announced in print and online in January 2012.

To nominate a product or service for K-12 education, click here.

To nominate a product or service for higher education, click here.

eSchool and eCampus of the Month

One of our newer, and ongoing, awards programs is the eSchool or eCampus of the Month program, where eSchool Media recognizes the hard work that has helped your school, district, or campus become a model for others seeking to more effectively integrate technology into every aspect of the educational and administrative process.

New winners are chosen each month by the editors of eSchool Media. Winners will be profiled on our websites, as well as in our monthly print publications.

For more information and criteria for K-12 nominations, click here.  You’ll also find stories on our current and past monthly winners.

For higher education, click here.