The Dream Achievement Award is bestowed upon a previous Migrant Head Start parent, graduate, or staff member who exemplifies the goals and philosophies of the Head Start Program. Those nominated should demonstrate how they have taken the philosophy and skills obtained in the Head Start Program to continue their involvement in Head Start or other local community Programs. Nominees should also address: how the skills they have obtained have benefited the community, the nominee himself or herself, the nominee’s family, and/or the Head Start Program; how the nominee exemplifies the goals and philosophies of Head Start; how the nominee achieved exceptional personal achievement for themselves and/or their family; and how the nominee is “living the dream?”
The Teacher of the Year Award goes to a deserving and accomplished Head Start teacher. Nominees should indicate their length of service in the program and identify the year they started teaching and what positions they have held. Training, qualifications, and credentials should also be listed, including: At what level did you begin? What training appropriate to your position have you acquired? What credentials do you possess, etc.? It is also important that the nominee: list activities or projects in which they are (or have been) involved that demonstrate his or her ability to mobilize necessary resources to provide and enhance services to migrant children and their families; describe his or her teaching experience as it impacts positively on children; and describe any special contributions the teacher has made that has had a positive impact on his or her program and the children they teach. Nominees must be very specific in addressing these criteria.
The Parent of the Year Award goes to a Migrant Head Start Parent during the current school year. The nominee must have been an active volunteer in his or her local program during the school year, and must show evidence and strides towards family betterment. To apply for the award, the nominee must include a one-page, typed summary describing personal goals, future goals, and accomplishments attained to date. They must also include letters of recommendation from: Center Director, Parent Involvement Coordinator/Specialist, etc. and any other relevant letters. Finally, the nominee must be a paid individual member of the NMHSA, and their nominating program must be current with NMHSA agency dues.
The Father of the Year Award goes to a Migrant Head Start Father during either the current school year. The nominee must have been an active volunteer in their child’s local program. To apply for the award, the nominee must include a typed (up to two pages) summary describing personal goals, future goals, accomplishments attained to date, his philosophy on the importance of a father in his child’s life, and his role as a father in his child(ren)’s life. The nominee must also include letters of support from at least the Center Director, Parent Involvement Coordinator/Specialist, etc. and any other relevant letters or supporting documents. The nominee must be a paid individual member of the NMHSA, and his nominating program must be current with NMHSA agency dues.
Clint Micham Scholarship Award
The Clint Micham Award goes to a deserving individual that has a clearly defined education goal that will result in being better prepared to work in a Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Program. Applicants must have a minimum of three completed seasons of experience in Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Program and their immediate supervisor must recommend them. Applicants must also plan on continuing work with a Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Program after you have received the Clint Mitcham Grant. Additional criteria for consideration includes: applicant must be pursuing a degree in education, child development, social services or related field; all documents requested must be received by the NMSHSA Committee Chair by the end of business day September 30, 2015; applicant must provide a social security number to receive cash awards; and applicant must be a Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Program employee for at least three years. Please answer all questions in their entirety.
National Migrant Seasonal Head Start Association Awards
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