Awards and Recognition
The following are award programs sponsored by Texas Education Agency or associated groups. The awards recognize outstanding educators or school volunteers.
Blue Ribbon Schools
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' academic achievement.
Employers for Education Excellence
The Employers for Education Excellence honors Texas employers who encourage and support staff participation and voluntarism in the public schools.
Heroes for Children Award
The State Board of Education established the Heroes for Children award program in 1994. The award is designed to recognize excellence in advocacy for education and to highlight the many outstanding volunteers whose efforts represent significant contributions to public school education in Texas.
Milken National Educator Awards
Dubbed the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, the Milken National Educator Awards program rewards and inspires excellence in the world of education by honoring top educators around the country with $25,000 unrestricted awards.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science.
State Board of Education Heroes for Children Awards
State Board of Education Heroes for Children Awards recognizes individuals who volunteer time, effort, and support to public schools and students. Any Texas resident who gives time, effort, service, and support to public schools and students, with the exception of elected officials and educational employees, can be nominated.
State Board of Education Student Heroes Awards
State Board of Education Student Heroes Awards program recognizes outstanding Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who assist other students.
Texas State Teacher of the Year Program
Every fall, the Texas State Teacher of the Year Program honors 40 Regional Teachers of the Year, including two State Teachers of the Year award recipients.