Local Unit Awards!

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2020 Miami-Dade County Council PTA/PTSA Local Unit Awards, Criteria, and General Information.

  • Submission deadline: All applications must be submitted by April 24th, 2020, at 11:59 P.M EST.
  • A winner from an Elementary, Middle, K-8 and High School will be chosen for EACH AWARD CATEGORY!
  • Finalists who have not registered to attend the Gala will be notified no later than May 13th, 2020.
  • Finalists in all award categories will be recognized at the Gala and listed in the Souvenir Program Book.

General Criteria:

To be eligible for any of our awards, a local unit PTA or PTSA must be in “good standing.”

  • Have bylaws that are current (dated no earlier than April 15th, 2017) and bear the Florida PTA stamp of approval.
  • Have paid National, State, and current-year County Council PTA dues by May 1st, 2020.
  • Be IRS-compliant (latest Form 990 filed).
  • Individuals nominated must be a member of the nominating PTA/PTSA for the current membership year.
  • Awards summary must be no longer than 300 words. Awards with more than 300 words may be disqualified.
  • Any local unit applying for the Standard of Excellence Award must submit a copy of its approved budget.
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Local Unit Awards, Categories, & Descriptions:

Ruth Owens Kruse Spirit of PTA President Award

This award will be presented to a local unit PTA/PTSA President who personifies outstanding leadership qualities, promotes advocacy on behalf of children and youth, and is committed to parent and community involvement.

Ruth Owens Kruse Pillar of PTA Volunteer Award

This award recognizes a volunteer that has supported the vision, mission, and values of PTA and has set an example for others to follow by their service to their school and community.

Ruth Owens Kruse Pillar of PTA School Site Employee Award

This award recognizes an employee that has demonstrated outstanding commitment and support to the vision, mission, and values of PTA at your school site. This candidate maybe but not limited to an assistant principal, school counselor, teacher, support staff, etc. Include position at the school site.

Taja Elbert Distinguished Unit Volunteer Award

The award is given to PTA officer or member who has served faithfully, but it is reserved chiefly for those who have devoted exemplary service to the maintenance and growth of the PTA. This award is to honor one who goes above and beyond the scope of his or her position – a person you can always rely on to be there when an extra hand is needed. 

Rosalind Castle Administrator of The Year Award

This award would be to recognize local unit Administrator(s) who support PTA/PTSA’s. This Administrator(s) demonstrates extraordinary leadership and dedication to the vision, mission, and the values of the PTA/PTSA at his or her school site, and exhibits outstanding commitment to the parents, students, and staff.

Paul Bell Principal of the Year Award 

This award is to recognize a Principal who demonstrates extraordinary leadership and dedication to the vision, mission, and the values of the PTA/PTSA at his or her school site, and exhibits outstanding commitment to the parents, students, and staff. 

PTA/PTSA Leader(s) of Tomorrow Award / Student Involvement Award

This award recognizes a student or student organization that has supported the vision, mission, and values of PTA and has set an example for others to follow by their service to their school and community.

Standards of Excellence Award

This award will recognize a local PTA/PTSA unit who has shown excellence in accomplishing the PTA mission by being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for education and well-being of every child through the PTA values of collaboration, commitment, accountability, respect, inclusivity, and integrity. A copy of the approved PTA/PTSA Budget for the current year must be submitted via email to awards chair.

Program of Impact Award

This award is presented to a local PTA/PTSA unit who has made a positive impact by providing an effective program or activity that brings families and communities together. The program or activity may include but is not limited to, legislation, environmental, health, etc.

Environmental Award

This award is to recognize the environmental efforts the local units have done this year. This includes advocacy, education, programs, and activities. Describe the type of environmental project or activity the local PTA/PTSA sponsored, initiated, or supported. The local unit must not profit from the program or event. It must support the goals & objectives of PTA.

Safety Award 

This award is to recognize the PTA units that offer effective safety programs that provided students, parents, and communities with information on keeping children safe. PTA has always advocated for children’s safety and well-being. 

Literacy Award 

This award is given to PTA units that promote literacy among students, families and the community; support the Media Center with activities that help make students better readers, writers, and thinkers; and advance the ideals of learning through the written word.

Legislative/Advocacy Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize local units who demonstrate a commitment to fulfilling the PTA Purpose: “To secure adequate laws for the protection of children and youth” as demonstrated through participation in legislation or advocacy-related classes, workshops or conferences; meetings with elected officials; communications through conventional and social media; coalition-building; and speeches delivered at public hearings of local municipalities, the School Board, the Florida Legislature, and/or US Congress, as well as at corporate (for-profit or non-profit) meetings.

Website Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize the best PTA/PTSA website published by a local unit. A website must connect students, parents, teachers and community members with its local unit. It is important to demonstrate the creative use of tools to build a website that fully represents the school and its local unit.

  • General Criteria--website must: be free of empty folders or pages (no “under construction”) and bad or dead links (404 error, page not found); have up-to-date information, with regularly updated and regularly archived entries; be free of typos, incorrect grammar, and unreadable text; employ user-friendly navigation; feature an attractive home page; include links to social media. • PTA Criteria--website must: feature the PTA/PTSA official name and school name on the homepage; include the National PTA logo; name the PTA/PTSA Executive Board members and their contact information; include the PTA/PTSA calendar of events; cite the PTA mission statement goals and objectives; include links to PTA websites (National PTA, Florida PTA, and MDCC PTA/PTSA). • Content Criteria—website must feature PTA/PTSA school general content; message from PTA/PTSA president; current PTA/PTSA projects; report on PTA/PTSA membership; general national, state and council PTA information; instructions on how to submit articles or information.

Eugenia B. Thomas Newsletter/e-Newsletter Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize the best PTA/PTSA newsletter/e-newsletter published by our local unit who demonstrate a commitment to communicating with their local membership. To qualify, a local unit must submit two newsletters from the current school year by the deadline date. Masthead must include school name and date; volume and issue number; official PTA/PTSA logo, as prescribed by National PTA; the name of newsletter and local unit; names of editor, principal, and local unit president. •Content must include: message from the local unit president; a message from school personnel; calendar of events, including PTA/PTSA meetings or workshops; current projects; report of PTA/PTSA membership; general information from National, Florida, or MDCC PTA/PTSA; information about how to submit articles or items for future newsletters. •Layout and design must be: organized and eye-catching, broken up with white space and images •Printed newsletters must be legible with clean copy and no blurs. •E-newsletters must also feature, as well as the aforementioned masthead requirements, links to websites, social media, and PTA sites and articles.

Outstanding E-Blast PTA Communication Award

The Outstanding E-blast award recognizes local PTA, community PTA, and council e-blasts. An E-blast is considered to be a regular email communication to members.

Champion of PTA Community Partner Award

This award recognizes a company, organization or association who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and support to the vision, mission, and values of PTA at your school site.

Supermen of PTA Award

The purpose of the Supermen of the PTA Award is to recognize units who have 25 or more male members. Include the total number of male members in the submission summary section. 

Grandparents of PTA Award

The purpose of the Grandparents of the PTA Award is to recognize units who have 25 or more grandparents as members. Include the total number of grandparent members in the submission summary section.

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