PURPOSE: To recognize annually a Pennsylvania school administrator who strives
to appoint certified or experienced teachers as advisers of school publications or media programs;
to encourage new advisers to prepare to become qualified advisers by supporting their attendance at related professional organizations, workshops, or conferences
to assign a journalism mentor for the teacher/adviser
to provide resources and finances to encourage high-quality scholastic journalism or media programs. Types of support might include academic credit for journalism classes, appropriate physical facilities, equipment and educational materials, release time for advisers and students to attend workshops and press conferences, funds for membership in scholastic journalism press associations, and fees for their services.
to support a free student press consistent with the spirit of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Pennsylvania School Code, Section 12.9.
to provide additional compensation for publication or media advisers comparable to that of other staff members in major co-curricular activities,
to publicly recognize and promote curriculum courses in journalism and mass media
to provide recognition for informal instruction
to provide motivation and recognition for students in a co-curricular capacity.
to participate in professional local, state and national administrator organizations and remain accessible to students, staff, and adviser(s).
Any PSPA member school can nominate an administrator for this award. The state winner will be honored at the Spring Awards Ceremony. The award will be announced on the PSPA website.
NOMINATION PROCESS: Administrators must be nominated by another individual, such as but not limited to a teacher/adviser, a student on publication staff, a parent, or a colleague, by completing this JotForm. No hard copies of any documents will be accepted. The administrator's school must be a PSPA member. The nominator of the administrator must provide at least two letters of recommendation for the administrator. Up to four letters will be accepted.
CRITERIA: The administrator's school must be a member of PSPA at the time of the nomination.
APPLICATION PROCESS: The nominator will complete this form and upload all supporting documents in digital form here.
AWARD PROCESS: The administrator will receive a plaque at the annual Spring Awards Celebration. The winner will prepare at least one blog about the value of journalism programs at his or her school to be posted on the PSPA website. The administrator will serve from August to August following the appointment.
DEADLINE: July 31, 2020, midnight.