Nominate outstanding CCSD teachers through Jan. 14, 2022 at TheHeartofEducation.org, with the top 20 teachers each receiving a $5,000 cash award
LAS VEGAS – In an ongoing effort to promote recruitment and retention of exceptional public school teachers, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and The Rogers Foundation announced today that nominations are now open for the 7th-annual Heart of Education Awards, honoring outstanding educators in Clark County School District (CCSD). Community members are encouraged to nominate teachers through Jan. 14, 2022.
Anyone can nominate a CCSD teacher who goes above and beyond at TheHeartofEducation.org.
Hundreds of award finalists will be recognized in the spring of 2022, with details to be announced at a later date.
The top 20 teachers will each receive a $5,000 cash award, plus a $1,000 donation to the school program of their choice.
“It only takes five minutes to nominate a teacher, and those five minutes could change the teacher’s life,” said Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center.
The opening of this year’s nominations comes at a meaningful time, as teachers continue to transition to in-school routine.
“We want to celebrate our educators as they rise to every occasion, taking on unprecedented challenges with creativity and enthusiasm,” said Martin.
The nomination period ends at midnight on Jan. 14, 2022. All submissions will be reviewed by a group of community leaders and education experts.
The Smith Center, a nonprofit organization, created the Heart of Education Awards in 2015. The Heart of Education Awards are made possible by a long-term commitment from The Rogers Foundation, to support the recognition of valuable CCSD educators.
“Despite the ongoing pandemic and the myriad of challenges it presents for education, there are so many amazing teachers that continue to persevere and nimbly go well beyond their basic job description to create the best learning opportunities and environments for their students. Of course, while they deserve much more than our gratitude, The Heart of Education Awards is an amazing way to thank teachers and recognize their efforts,” said Beverly Rogers, chairman of The Rogers Foundation. “If you are a student, parent, administrator or peer of that passionate and dedicated individual, nominate that teacher for the Heart of Education Awards. This magical investment of a small amount of your time will deliver a most meaningful message.”
Over 700 teachers were honored by the sixth-annual Heart of Education Awards in May of this year. Since this awards program began, a total of 120 teachers have received Heart of Education Awards.
Intended as a community-wide support mechanism for educators, The Heart of Education Awards welcomes sponsorship opportunities to further engage positive transformation across CCSD. To pledge your support, contact Michelle Brown, Director of Sponsorship, at 702-749-2342 or MBrown@TheSmithCenter.com.
For more information about the Heart of Education Awards and to submit a nomination, visit TheHeartofEducation.org.
About The HEART OF EDUCATION AWARDS
The Heart of Education Awards celebrates outstanding teachers from various Clark County School District schools. It was inspired by a program created by the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. A long-term commitment from The Rogers Foundation made this program possible, and gracious Las Vegas community members came together to make it great. Nominated applicants were invited to share personal accounts of how they positively impacted the needs and education of a student or classroom. All applications were reviewed by community leaders, education experts, sponsors and The Smith Center staff.
ABOUT THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 244-seat Myron’s at The Smith Center, the 220-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.
About The Rogers Foundation
The Rogers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Founded in 2013 by Jim and Beverly Rogers, The Rogers Foundation awards scholarships to individual students in Southern Nevada, grants to educational institutions in Southern Nevada, and support for artists and organizations that support the arts in Southern Nevada. Founded and based in Southern Nevada, The Rogers Foundation can be contacted at 702-657-3114 or online at therogers.foundation.
About Clark County School District
Established in 1956, the Clark County School District (CCSD) is the number one choice for families and students. We educate 320,000 students – offering a variety of nationally recognized programs, including Magnet Schools, Career and Technical Academies, and Advanced Placement programs. Through these programs – plus our online secondary school and our open enrollment offerings – we offer the best choices to meet individual student needs. As the nation’s fifth-largest school district, we have the ability to provide additional services such as a school police department, adult education courses, and innovative community partnerships with Vegas PBS and The Public Education Foundation. CCSD educates 75 percent of the students in Nevada, and works closely with community partners and business leaders to educate the workers needed to strengthen our economy.
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