Recognizing Excellence, 2020-2021

KAGE SERVICE & ADVOCACY AWARDS – These awards provide recognition of exceptional service and/or advocacy in support of educating Kentucky’s gifted and talented children and youth. These awards include The Michael Caudill Educator Award, which was established in 2005 in memory of Michael Caudill, superintendent of Madison County Schools and friend to gifted children.

SERVICE & ADVOCACY AWARDS AND CRITERIA
The Michael Caudill Educator Award
Established in 2005 in memory of Michael Caudill, superintendent of Madison County Schools and friend to gifted children.

  • Nominee must be an administrator, counselor, teacher, or other professional in education.
  • Nominee has made significant positive contributions to gifted education in the school, district, and/or state, which has greatly impacted students and/or educators.
  • Nominee has a record of advocacy for gifted and talented children and youth.

Service and Advocacy Awards

  • Nominee has made significant positive contributions to gifted education in the school, district, community, and/or state, which has greatly impacted parents, students, and/or educators.
  • Nominee has a record of advocacy for gifted and talented children and youth.
  • Nominee can be a professional in education, a parent, a legislator, university staff or faculty, business leader, an alumni of gifted services in Kentucky, a KAGE chapter, or another entity.

 

KAGE DISTINGUISHED STUDENT AWARD – This award recognizes a student from grades 4 – 6 who has been formally identified as gifted and has distinguished achievement not only in academics, leadership, or the arts but also made a contribution to the community at a level beyond what is expected of a child in the student’s age group.  The award recipient receives a College Entity Account from the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT) and a Certificate of Excellence from KAGE.

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS – The award recipients will be honored on the KAGE 41st Annual Conference virtual platform during the KAGE Annual Conference, February 23-25. Due to the virtual nature of the conference, the presentation will take a different form than in years past. We ask that once the notifications of awards have been made in the Service and Advocacy Categories and for the KAGE Distinguished Student that the person who nominated the recipient organize and record a one minute video of the presentation within the award recipient’s school or district. KAGE will mail a plaque to be presented. The video and a slide presentation about the honoree will then be posted to an awards page on the KAGE conference platform and later posted on the KAGE web page.

APPLICATIONS – The application must be submitted by December 1, 2020.  To successfully complete the nomination, you will need

  • Name, home address, school/work address, phone numbers of nominee
  • Parent name, address, phone number. For Distinguished Student will also need the name and email for GT teacher.
  • Essay/paragraph
  • Minimum 3 photos of nominee. Please include some of nominee going about the work for which he/she is nominated.

For more information contact the KAGE office at kage@wku.edu or 270.745.4301.