Awards

Each year, iNACOL honors and celebrates 4 education innovators for their great work in the field of competency-based, blended and online learning. Each year at the iNACOL Symposium, iNACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick announces pioneers in outstanding teaching, innovative practice, research, and individual achievement.

We are currently accepting applications for the iNACOL Innovator Awards. All nomination forms can be found below.

Here’s a few details:

  • You must express intent to nominate no later than August 26, 2016.
  • Nomination forms and accompanying materials must be submitted no later than 8:00 p.m. ET on September 9, 2016.
  • All questions should be submitted to awards@inacol.org.

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Teacher of the Year

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Teacher of the Year Award is given to a K-12 educator whose efforts as a personalized, blended and/or online teacher exemplify to the highest degree their commitment to student success, knowledge and skill as a professional educator, and dedication to the field of blended and online teaching. The winner of this award clearly meets, if not exceeds, the standards for quality online teacher as established by iNACOL.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Teaching candidate must currently be serving (at the time the application is submitted) as a blended or online teacher in grades K-12.
  • At least 75% of the teacher’s instructional time is spent as either a blended or online teacher.
  • The nomination of an individual can be submitted by the individual or by a reference who is able to support the nomination through personal involvement with the nominee.
  • Nominees for this award are not eligible for the iNACOL Outstanding Individual Contribution Award during the same award year.

2016 Blended and Online Learning Teacher of the Year Award nomination form: (PDF)  (Word)

Innovative Blended and Online Learning Practice Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a person, school/program, or organization whose innovative practices or policies serve as a model for K-12 personalized, blended and/or online learning and can be replicated by other practitioners. The innovative practice or policy resulted in improving the overall effectiveness, efficiency and success of personalized, blended and/or online learning, ultimately leading to new learning environments and opportunities for students and/or improved student achievement.

Eligibility requirements:
  • The innovation results in a “break the mold” practice or policy that has not otherwise been routinely implemented and serves as a model for other educators and programs.
  • Nominations will be accepted for individuals, teams, schools, programs, or organizations.
  • This award is targeted toward personalized, blended and/or online learning practitioners, not organizations who deliver technology products utilized within the digital learning community.

2016 Innovative Practice Award nomination form: (PDF)  (Word)

Research Award

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning sponsors an annual competition for dissertation, research and/or analysis that advances the field of K-12 personalized, blended and/or online learning. The purpose of the Research Award is to recognize outstanding researchers whose work demonstrates new breakthroughs or replicable advances in the field that promote excellence in personalized, blended and/or online learning and teaching.

Eligibility requirements:
  • The nominee may be a student, individual, team, or educational institution that has or will published research that significantly impacts K-12 personalized, blended and/or online learning.
  • The research must focus on K-12 personalized, blended and/or online education and learning.
  • The research/dissertation/analysis must have been completed between July 2015 and August 2016.
  • The research/dissertation/analysis must represent sound scholarship. The knowledge presented and conclusions drawn must hold promise to improve K-12 education.

2016 Research Award nomination form: (PDF)  (Word)

Outstanding Individual Contribution to K-12 Blended and Online Learning Award

The Outstanding Contribution to K-12 Blended and Online Learning Award is made to an individual whose insight and innovation has significantly increased the credibility and advancement of K-12 personalized, blended and/or online learning. The award is a tribute to the individual’s outstanding work and leadership in the field of K-12 blended and/or online learning. This award recognizes an overall body of work, not merely an isolated breakthrough.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Any individual who has worked in, or provided support to, the field of K-12 blended and/or online learning.
  • The nomination of an individual can be submitted by the individual or by a reference who is able to support the nomination through personal involvement with the nominee.
  • Nominees for this award are not eligible for the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Teacher of the Year award during the same award year.

2016 Innovator Award nomination form: (PDF)  (Word)

Past Award Winners

2015

Research Award

Dr. Nicola Wayer, University of Florida

Innovative Blended and Online Learning Practice Award

Russel Burt, Point England School in Glen Innes and Point England New Zealand

Outstanding Individual Contribution to K-12 Blended and Online Learning Award

Alison Slack, Ontario eLearning Consortium

Blended and Online Learning Teacher of the Year Award

Paula Barr, Quail Run School, Lawrence, Kansas

2014

Research Award

Laura Hibbard, Teresa Franklin, David Moore, Seann Dikkers, Tian Luo, John Henning, Ohio University, Department of Instructional Technology

Innovative Blended and Online Learning Practice Award

Navigate-NIDES ENTER Program and Jeff Stewart, North Island Distance Education School

Outstanding Individual Contribution to K-12 Blended and Online Learning Award

Robert Currie, Montana Digital Academy, The University of Montana

Blended and Online Learning Teacher of the Year Award

Carrie Madden, Georgia Virtual Learning, Georgia Virtual School

2013

National Online Teacher of the Year

Renee Citlau, Anaheim Union High School District, Anaheim, CA

Outstanding Research Award

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (a division of Michigan Virtual University)

Outstanding Individual Contribution to K-12 Online Learning

Scott Benson, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Innovative Blended and Online Learning Practice Award

Chris Haskell, Department of Educational Technology, Boise State University

Verena Roberts, The Open Classroom, Alberta Distance Learning Centre

2012

National Online Teacher of the Year

Leslie Fetzer, North Caroline Virtual Public Schools, Raleigh, NC

Outstanding Research Award

Kathryn Kennedy, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia

Leanna Archambault, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona

Outstanding Individual Contribution to K-12 Online Learning

Damian Creamer, Primavera Online High School, Chandler, Arizona

Innovative Online Learning Practice Award

Peggy Drolet and Audrey McGoldrick, LEARN, Shawville, Quebec, Canada

2011

National Online Teacher of the Year

Kristin Kipp, 21st Century Virtual Academy, Golden, Colorado

Outstanding Research Award

Julia Carpenter, General Dynamics Information Technology, Orlando, Florida

Outstanding Individual Contribution to K-12 Online Learning

Julie Young, Florida Virtual School, Orlando, Florida

Outstanding Service Award

Steve Baxendale, World Health Organization’s Pacific Open Learning Health Net, Suva, Fiji Islands
(iNACOL Board of Director, 2003-2004)

Todd Hitchcock, Pearson, Ocoee, Florida
(iNACOL Board of Director, 2003-2004)

Innovative Online Learning Practice Award

Quakertown Community School District Cyber Program, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

2010

National Online Teacher of the Year

Teresa Dove, Florida Virtual School, North Tazewell, Virginia

Important Research by a Student, Team, or Educational Institution

Kathryn Kennedy, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia

Important Research by an Individual, Team, or Organization

Leanna Archambault, Kent Crippen, and Cynthia Kern, Arizona State University and University of Nevada Las Vegas

Outstanding Individual Contribution to K-12 Online Learning

Allan Jordan, Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Outstanding Service Award

Sue Collins, Collinsconsults, Westport, Washington
(iNACOL Board of Director, 2007-2010)

Outstanding/Innovative Online Learning Practice for an Individual/Team/Program – Practitioner

Broward Virtual School, Broward County, Florida

Outstanding/Innovative Online Learning Practice for a Not-For-Profit Individual or Team

Ed Tech Leaders Online/Education Development Center, Waltham, Massachusetts

2009

Outstanding Individual Contribution to K-12 Online Learning

Keith Oelrich, Insight Schools, Portland, Oregon

Outstanding and Most Innovative Online Learning Practices Award

Elluminate’s Fire and Ice Program, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Important Research that Furthers the Advancement of K-12 eLearning Award

Cathy Cavanaugh, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

2008

Outstanding Service Award

Steve Baxendale, World Health Organization’s Pacific Open Learning Health Net, Suva, Fiji Islands
Founding Board Member, 2003-2011

Cliff Blackerby, Region IV Education Service Center, Houston, Texas
Founding Board Member, 2003-2004

Francisco Hernandez, University of California College, Santa Cruz, California
Founding Board Member, 2003-2006

Todd Hitchcock, Florida Virtual School, Orlando, Florida
Founding Board Member, 2003-2004

Allan Jordan, Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Founding Board Member, 2003-2009

Stevan Kalmon, Colorado Department of Education, Denver, Colorado
Founding Board Member, 2003-2004

Marty Karlin, Oregon Education Service District, Medford, Oregon
Founding Board Member, 2003-2006

Peggy Kinder, Distance Learning Resource Network, WestEd, Phoenix, Arizona
Founding Board Member, 2003-2004

Bill Lager, Altair Learning Management or ECOT, Columbus, Ohio
Board of Directors, 2006-2008

Mary Lou Ley, OAK Educational Consulting, Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Founding Board Member, 2003-2004

Elizabeth Pape, Virtual High School, Inc., Maynard, Massachusetts
Founding Board Member, 2003-2007

Linda Pittenger, Kentucky Virtual Schools, Frankfort, Kentucky
Founding Board Member, 2003-2007

Allison Powell, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada
Board of Directors, 2006-2007

Ray Ravaglia, Standford University, Education Program for Gifted Youth, Stanford, California
Founding Board Member, 2003-2004

Rosina Smith, Alberta Online Consortium, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Founding Board Member, 2003-2007

Ron Stefanski, Michigan Virtual University/Michigan Virtual High School, Lansing, Michigan
Founding Board Member, 2003-2006

Donna Vakili Hutchison, Idaho Digital Learning Academy, Boise, Idaho
Board of Director, 2005-2008

Matthew Wicks, Illinois Virtual School, Edwards, Illinois
Founding Board Member, 2003-2005

Julie Young, Florida Virtual School, Orlando, Florida
Founding Board Member, 2003-2015

iNACOL Diversity VSS Scholarship Winner

Ida Byrd-Hill, Uplift Inc., Washington, D.C.

Lorraine Howard, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Alexandra King, Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Washington, D.C.

Peter Parham, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, Washington, D.C.

Ashley Townes, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri