SCOY, AOY, EOY, and GSOY Nomination and Application Information
- Thank you for your interest in nominating someone for School Counselor of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Educator of the Year, or Graduate Student of the Year. Nominations are normally open through the summer and close in August. The Maryland School Counselor Association holds its annual School Counseling Week School Counselor Recognition Gala the Friday of NSCW. It is at the Gala where the Maryland School Counselor of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Educator of the Year, and Graduate Student of the Year will be recognized.
Nomination Guidelines and Information for SCOY, AOY, EOY and GSOY:
Eligibility for School Counselor of the Year:
- Nominators may submit one nomination per category.
- All nominee applications are screened for eligibility prior to review.
- The nomination deadline for each school year varies but it is sometime around the start of August.
- Nominees for Maryland School Counselor of the Year must complete the application process to be considered.
- Maryland School Counselor of the Year nominee applications will be accepted from the nomination deadline to sometime in October.
- Professional recognition at the state level is required for recognition at the national level.
Criteria for School Counselor of the Year Recognition
- The nominee must be employed as a full-time, Maryland-based, practicing school counselor as of the specified date sometime in August, and have completed at least five years as a practicing Maryland School Counselor.
- The nominee must hold a master’s degree in guidance and counseling or equivalent and be certified as a school counselor by the state of Maryland.
- The nominee must be a member of the Maryland School Counselor Association and the American School Counselor Association as of the time their application is submitted.
- Nominees cannot be a previous Maryland School Counselor of the Year.
- Nominees must complete the application process to be considered. Applications are due sometime in October.
Eligibility and Criteria for School Counselor Advocate of the Year:
- The applicant must demonstrate evidence of implementation of a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program (such as the ASCA National Model) and have been responsible for school counseling innovations or further development of programs supporting students’ career, personal/social and academic development.
- The applicant must demonstrate leadership and collaboration in his or her work and promote equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students to maximize student achievement. Applicants must also demonstrate collaboration with stakeholders.
- The applicant must demonstrate continual professional development as well as proof of advocacy for the profession and/or students.
- The applicant must have the ability and skills necessary to represent school counseling in a professional manner, including but not limited to high-quality written communication and public-speaking skills.
Eligibility and Criteria for Principal of the Year:
- The purpose of this award is to recognize a person or organization whose advocacy of school counseling services in a school setting has had a positive effect on school counseling on a local, state or national level.
- Nominee may be any person who has made a significant contribution to the improvement of school counseling services in the school setting.
- The nominee has contributed to the implementation of new and/or improvement of existing school counseling programs in Maryland.
Eligibility and Criteria for School Counselor Educator of the Year:
- The purpose of this award is to recognize a principal of a Maryland school who has empowered and enriched the school counseling program.
- The nominee has demonstrated support for his or her school’s comprehensive school counseling program.
Eligibility and Criteria for School Counseling Graduate Student of the Year:
- The purpose of this award is to recognize a post-baccalaureate instructor in a school counseling preparation program that leads to emerging professionals who are more equipped than their peers to plan and implement a model comprehensive school counseling program.
- The nominee has inspired his or her school counseling students to be leaders, advocates, and collaborators as professionals, which leads to the achievement of all students.
- The purpose of this award is to recognize a student in a School Counseling master’s level program in Maryland who is showing tremendous potential to implement a comprehensive school counseling program.
- The nominee has shown, through his or her graduate work in classwork and/or internships, the highest level of leadership, counseling skills, advocacy, and collaboration that can be expected of a pre-service school counselor.
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