MEA Awards, Grants & Contests

Awards

Award for Teaching Excellence

Award for Teaching Excellence

 

To recognize, reward, and promote excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession.

 

MEA believes that all students deserve a quality education and that teaching is the single most important component of quality education. It is appropriate, therefore, that MEA recognize one of its members for teaching excellence. In selecting and celebrating a state winner of this award each year, we honor teaching excellence, public education, and our dedicated members.

Joan McGovern ESP Award
Joan McGovern ESP Award   To emphasize outstanding accomplishments and reflect the contributions of Education Support Professionals to public education.
Anne Sheehan Political Action Award
Anne Sheehan Political Action Award   To recognize an MEA member or governance affiliate which has demonstrated a strong commitment to political action for public education issues.
Corporate Award
Corporate Award   To recognize a for profit, non-profit, or not-for-profit company/corporation which has made a significant contribution to public education in Maine.
Friend of Education Award
Friend of Education Award   To recognize an individual currently holding an elected or appointed public position and currently making a significant contribution to public education.
Golden Apple Award
Golden Apple Award   To recognize an individual or group that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the local school(s) and/or to the children of a community.
Honor Medal
Honor Medal   To recognize an MEA member who has demonstrated outstanding courage in defending academic freedom or in upholding the right of educators to adhere to the principles of their profession free from harassment and coercion. Also, to recognize a member who has faced a difficult period and risked personal welfare because of professional commitment.
Human and Civil Rights Award
Human and Civil Rights Award   To recognize individual members, local affiliates, individual students, or student organizations who have demonstrated outstanding dedication in promoting human and civil rights for students and citizens of the State of Maine.
John H. Marvin Local Association Award
John H. Marvin Local Association Award To recognize a local association for effective bargaining and protecting member rights by:  
  1. being a strong advocate for members;
  2. being a leader in effective bargaining practices; and
  3. organizing wall to wall units.

Grants

MEA's Human, Civil Rights and Cultural Affairs Grant
MEA's Human, Civil Rights and Cultural Affairs Grant This MEA grant is to help local association members provide HCR leadership opportunities in their schools and communities. WHEN: Deadline: December 14, 2018
MEA's Members are Leaders Grant
MEA's Members are Leaders Grant This MEA grant is to help local association members provide professional and educational leadership in their schools and communities. WHEN: Deadline: December 14, 2018
MEA's Political Action Grant
MEA's Political Action Grant This MEA grant is to facilitate the development and implementation of a local association political action program. WHEN: Deadline: December 14, 2018
MEA - Retired Anne Sheehan Honor Grant
MEA - Retired Anne Sheehan Honor Grant is sponsoring an honor grant through the legacy of Anne Sheehan, a former member of MEA-Retired. The $1500 grant will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year, and may be used to defray any expenses occurred.  Deadline for application form: February 1, 2019 Applicants must:
  • be a full-time educator practicing in Maine.
  • be enrolled in a humanities program leading to a graduate degree in the arts, sciences, or education.
  • be a member of the local Education Association, a member of MEA, and a member of NEA.

Contests

My Hero Works at School Essay Contest
MEA/Sea Dogs "My Hero Works at School" Essay Contest The MEA is pleased to join with the Portland Sea Dogs for its annual "My Hero Works at School" essay contest. Students are encouraged to write a short essay no more than 300 words, about their school hero. Two winners will be selected and receive tickets to a 2019 Sea Dogs game for themselves, their family and their school hero. Send essays to contest@maineea.org or by mail to: Giovanna Bechard 35 Community Drive Augusta, ME 04330 Deadline: Deadline: April 22, 2019
Maine Educator Magazine Cover Contest: What I Love About Maine
MEA Magazine Art Cover Contest The Maine Educator will feature a cover designed by a Maine public school art student depicting the theme “What I Love About Maine.” Submissions can be any form of art and should be 8.5” by 11” or able to be photographed. Please advise students that the magazine title will be across the top and 2.5” high. The artist will want to make sure there is nothing important to the piece at the top, as it may be obscured by the title. Entries must include the name of the student, the school, and the submitting teacher’s name and email.  
  • WHO: Grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12 – There will be 3 finalists from each category, plus electronic art. One overall winner will be chosen from the finalists and have their work on the cover. HOW: Submit artwork to Giovanna Bechard via email at contest@maineea.org or mail to:
  • Giovanna Bechard
  • 35 Community Drive
  • Augusta, ME 04330
Deadline: Deadline: April 22, 2019

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