Is your chapter developing innovative academic or community-focused projects? If so, then you should consider applying for the final round of the Chapter Spotlight award between April 10 and April 24, 2023. Chapters are asked to send information and documentation in any of the categories listed below. The NEHS Advisory Council will select the best of the submissions as “spotlight” chapters that will be recognized through NEHS social media outlets and the NEHS Museletter blog; selected chapters will receive a $50 award and a certificate.
All chapters submitting documentation of their excellent work automatically become eligible for the Outstanding Chapter Award presented in the spring. Chapters are limited to three submissions in a year, and each submission should be from a different category. Chapters must submit evidence of their work by attaching documents, including pictures and/or videos, to the submission form. Submissions may only be made during designated periods throughout the year (see schedule below). Only active chapters may send submissions; inactive or suspended chapters must become current with fee payments and members enrollments before submitting projects. Members of the NEHS Advisory Council will review submissions and select the “spotlight” chapters.
1. Chapter Innovation
The Chapter Innovation category is challenging because it asks that a chapter work to implement a minimum of two (2) new ideas each year. This can be
- launching a new idea the chapter attempts for the first time OR
- revising an old idea to improve participation, effectiveness, or viability of the idea.
2. Academic Focus
A chapter works to establish or maintain a long-range project like a school writing center. Year one might be focused on setting up the center, stocking it with reference books and technology. Year two would then be marked by NEHS members tutoring, interviewing teachers about their written assignments to help students more effectively, etc.
3. Community Engagement
The purpose of this category is to demonstrate the NEHS chapter is focused on promoting life-long learning and the celebration of reading, writing, film, and the arts in the community.
The final application cycle for this academic year will run from April 10 through April 24, 2023.
Need some inspiration? Check out the projects undertaken by The Best-Shirey-Little chapter at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, IL, and by the Literati Chapter at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, CO. Both chapters have worked incredibly hard to develop a range of innovative academic and community-focused projects.
More information about the Chapter Spotlight award, suggested activities and the documentation required to apply can be found on the NEHS website. Applications can be made via AwardSpring between April 10 and April 24, 2023.