Promising Practitioner Awardpromising practitioner logo

Purpose: NELMS seeks to honor teachers beginning their teaching career, who have one to three years of teaching experience at the middle level.
Selection Criteria

  • Passionate about middle level education
  • Makes a positive difference in the school
  • Seeks professional development and implements ideas
  • Fosters community connections
  • Meets the needs of individual students, using effective middle level practices such as:
    • Incorporating activity-based learning
    • Developing a sense of student ownership in their learning
    • Integrating higher order thinking
    • Fostering curriculum connections using a variety of assessment tools

Application Process: The nominator must collect the following and submit all materials electronically to by February 1.

  • The nominator, who must be from the same school, must address in writing how the nominee meets the criteria stated above, in 1,250 words or less.

Nomination Form Promising Practitioner Award pdf

Recognition: Those who receive an award will be recognized at the NELMS Annual Conference and in MidLines, (the NELMS newspaper), receive a two-day registration to our Annual Conference, and be featured on the web site.

The recipient will also be invited to present the award to the next year's award winner at the Annual Conference Welcome & Recognitions Reception along with a voucher for a two day complimentary conference registration to attend the conference.

Upon submission of this application, the school principal will be contacted by NELMS.

The recipients of the Promising Practitioner Award:
Gabriella Raccio, Brattleboro Area Middle School, Brattleboro, VT