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Educator of the Year Award


This award is bestowed on educators who have demonstrated outstanding achievement as an educator of students with ADHD. It recognizes and rewards the special skills and excellence of educators throughout the United States.

The purpose of this award is to give recognition to general or special educators of students with ADHD.  The nominee should exemplify the highest standards of their profession and who, through their influence past and present on the lives of young people with ADHD, have made significant contributions to their school and/or communities. The recipient of this award will be recognized in the following ways:

  • Complimentary registration to the 2016 CHADD Annual International Conference on ADHD at the Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa);
  • A plaque engraved with the recipient’s name;
  • Acknowledgement at the one of the Plenary sessions;
  • A photo and bio in the 2016 Annual International Conference Program Book; and
  • A poster with photo and bio that will be displayed at the 2016 Annual International Conference.


The CHADD Educator of the Year Award is open to all U.S. teaching or administrative personnel who substantially meet the criteria listed below. (Please note that an educator may receive this award only once.)


Criteria include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Recognition of teaching or administrative excellence and creativity which benefits students with ADHD. Excellence must be verified by letters of support (see Procedures section below).


  • Long term commitment to excellence and originality in meeting the needs of students with ADHD, as demonstrated by:


  1. Excellent performance of daily responsibilities and consistent devotion of time and energy to the student with ADHD, beyond the requirements of the nominee’s position;
  2. Development of effective and innovative teaching techniques, methods, materials, or new programs to enhance, strengthen, and encourage students with ADHD to actively and enthusiastically engage with the learning process;
  3. Active and creative participation in developing and monitoring of the ADHD student’s personal education plan;
  4. Demonstration of sensitivity to and respect for student inquiry and discussion both in and out of the classroom;
  5. Continuous efforts to evaluate and improve one’s own performance;
  6. Documentation of academic or social achievements by students with ADHD that reflects the efforts of the nominee; and/or
  7. Development of a program or system that engages the parent and improves interaction between school and home.

Procedure for Nominating an Individual for the CHADD Educator of the Year Award:

  • The selection committee requires two (2) letters of nomination from individuals who are familiar with the accomplishments of the nominee. At least one of the two letters must come from a supervisor who has observed the nominee’s work within the school system.
  • Each letter of nomination, of 1,000 words or less, should include—
    • At least five of the seven criteria that apply to the nominee (see list of Criteria above);
    • The nominee’s name, work and home telephone numbers and addresses, email address, and a brief profile of the nominee’s current professional position;
    • A statement of the nominee’s educational philosophy;
    • A chronological list of all relevant educational experience;
    • And any additional relevant supportive documentation.

Nominations are to be sent to: CHADD, Conference Department, 4601 Presidents Drive, Suite 300, Lanham, MD  20706, ATTN: Educator of the Year. Early submissions will be appreciated by the Awards Committee.  Nominations must be submitted and postmarked by Thursday, September 15, 2016.

The Awards Committee will announce the award recipient by September 26.

CLICK HERE to downloan a nomination form.