Awards & Recognitions

Each year, the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators is overjoyed to honor the excellent work of our members! Using the descriptions and rubrics below, please consider nominating a colleague for an IASPA Recognition. Recognitions are presented at the IASPA Annual Conference in January.

Questions can be directed to the Recognitions Committee Chair Kathleen Kelly Colgan kellycolgank@d62.org.

Due Date: December 9, 2022

Digital Branding Award

The Digital Branding Award is given to the school district whose personnel or human resources department has most effectively managed to leverage the power of at least one digital venue to tell their district's employment story and provide communication to and gather information from current and prospective employees. Nominations must include the addresses to one (or more) of the following: website, Twitter handle, Instagram handle, Facebook page, LinkedIn account, etc.

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Distinguished Service Awards

Distinguished Service Awards are presented to individuals who have made substantial contributions to IASPA, advancing or enhancing the professional visibility of the association and its purpose and/or the field of school personnel administration. These awards may be given to active members or non‐members.

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HR Specialist/Support Staff Award

The Human Resources Specialist/Support Staff Award is given to an individual whose contributions have had a significant impact on the efficiency of the human resources office and to the field of human resources; who has at the local, state/province, national, and/or international level distinguished him/herself through leadership service; and is a collaborative, contributing participant in personnel functions and/or programs. Active IASPA membership is not required.

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Mentor Awards

Mentor Awards are presented to active members of IASPA who have shown exceptional leadership by enthusiastically serving as mentors to fellow IASPA colleagues, advancing or enhancing the field by supporting those new to school personnel administration.

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New Member Award

The New Member Award is given to an active member of IASPA who has less than 3 years of experience in the field. This individual has demonstrated involvement at the local, state/province, national, and/or international level though new to the field and has distinguished him/herself in personnel administration through contributions that have had an impact on public education. Must be an active IASPA member and currently serving in a personnel position.

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Personnel Administrator of the Year Award

The Personnel Administrator of the Year Award is given to an active member of IASPA who has distinguished him/herself in personnel administration at the local, state/province, national and/or international level; is involved and a contributing participant in local, state/province, national and/or international personnel functions and/or programs; whose contributions have had significant impact on public education at the local, state/province, national and/or international level; is a skilled manager of change and is creative in his/her approach to personnel administration;  approaches personnel administrative work with a sense of humor and a sense of respect for his/her fellow man; and is currently serving in a personnel administrative position.

Nominations for Personnel Administrator of the Year require 3 letters of recommendation. Please email the letters of recommendation to Kathleen Kelly Colgan at kellycolgank@d62.org no later than December 9, 2022.

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