Medal for Excellence Application Guidelines
The online portal will be available September 18.USE THE GOOGLE CHROME WEB BROWSER FOR BEST RESULTS.
The prospective award-winner (NOMINEE) will initiate the process from the online portal. To begin the process, the NOMINEE will create an account using his or her email address and a password.
The NOMINEE will designate individuals to submit nominator statements and recommendation letters. Verification of eligibility from a supervisor will also be required.* The NOMINEE can monitor who has complied with requests to provide information and will receive a system-generated email when a third-party request has been completed.
All third parties will receive a system-generated email requesting specific information. They will click on the link provided in the email and will not be required to create an account or to log in. Schools having trouble receiving emails can have their IT departments white list system-generated email by following this article: http://academy.getopenwater.com/v2/articles/ensure-email-deliverability-avoid-spam
All requested information—nominee statements, recommendation letters, honors & awards, publications, etc.—must be input via text box. IF CUTTING AND PASTING FROM AN EXISTING DOCUMENT, SAVE AS PLAIN TEXT FIRST FOR BEST RESULTS.
All nominees, nominators and writers of recommendation letters will be required to provide an electronic signature.
The NOMINEE will receive a system-generated email when a nomination has been successfully submitted.
The NOMINEE is responsible for ensuring that all information, INCLUDING THAT REQUESTED FROM THIRD PARTIES (e.g. letters of recommendation and verification of eligibility), is submitted via the online portal by the stated deadline. Incomplete nominations will not be forwarded to the Selection Committee and will not be considered.
*ELEMENTARY and SECONDARY TEACHING nominations will require verification of eligibility from the school site principal.
ADMINISTRATION nominations will require verification of eligibility from the district superintendent or school board president.
REGIONAL UNIVERSITY/COMMUNITY COLLEGE and RESEARCH UNIVERSITY TEACHING nominations will require verification of eligibility from a college dean or the university president.