The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), is accepting nominations for awards given to people who have made outstanding contributions in the field of secondary education and transition for students with disabilities. Each candidate must be a member in good standing of DCDT at the time of nomination. Deadline for nominations is September 15, 2014. The awards will be given out at the 2014 DCDT International Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
To nominate someone for a DCDT award, please submit a letter of nomination to Stacie Dojonovic. Any questions about the nomination process can also be emailed to Stacie.
Nominations and self-nominations can be e-mailed to: Stacie Dojonovic firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rookie Teacher of the Year Award – This award would honor a secondary teacher who has completed the first year of teaching (2013-14), and would thus be in their second year during (2014-15). It will be awarded to an educator who has demonstrated outstanding and innovative and committed services to the career education and transition of secondary students with disabilities.
Marc Gold Innovative Practices in Transition Award - This award is presented to an individual or organization that has demonstrated innovation in transition services. The award is named after Marc Gold whose innovative “Try Another Way” approach opened the door employment for many students with significant disabilities.
Iva Dean Cook Teacher of the Year Award- This practitioner honor is awarded to an educator who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to the career education and transition of students with disabilities. The award is named in recognition of Iva Dean Cook, a DCDT founding member, past president and a pioneer in teacher preparation in transition.
Employer of the Year Award - This award is presented to an employer or business that has shown remarkable commitment to promoting or providing employment opportunities to students with disabilities.
Oliver P. Kolstoe Award - The Oliver P. Kolstoe Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of career development and transition through means other than direct classroom instruction (which is recognized by the Iva Dean Cook Teacher of the Year Award). The award is named in recognition of Oliver P. Kolstoe, a DCDT founding member and past president whose early research and publications significantly shaped the field of transition.
Donn Brolin Award for State/Province Leadership and Services- This honor is awarded to an individual who has provided significant leadership and service in transition to a state or province. Donn Brolin was a founding member and the first president of DCDT and as author of the Life Centered Career Education curriculum was influential in the career development and early transition movement.
Patricia L. Sitlington Research in Transition Award- This award is presented to an individual who has contributed to more positive outcomes for transition-aged youth and to the field of transition through a body of research in transition. The award is named in honor of Patricia Sitlington, a DCDT past-president who has contributed significantly to knowledge in the field through research.