15th Annual McGlothlin Awards Call for entries

McGlothlin Award

The McGlothlin Foundation announces the
15th annual McGlothlin Awards
Call for entries

(ROANOKE, Va.)—Two of the Blue Ridge region’s best teachers will be selected as winners for the 2014 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. The two winners, who will be awarded $25,000 each, will be announced April 10, 2014 at a ceremony conducted by the McGlothlin Foundation, Blue Ridge PBS and Radford University’s College of Education and Human Development.

“Blue Ridge PBS is proud to honor teachers with the McGlothlin Awards, one of the largest teaching awards in the nation,” said William Anderson, VP/COO for the station. “We have unsung heroes right here in our region’s classrooms. The McGlothlin Awards celebrate their work, their excellence and innovation in teaching.”

Blue Ridge PBS administers the months-long candidate application and judging process for the McGlothlin Awards, now in its 15th year. The awards are given annually by the McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol, Va. Only teachers in selected portions of Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky are eligible. Two winning teachers, one from grades K-5 and one from grades 6-12, must use $10,000 of the $25,000 award for international travel, and then apply that experience to enrich their teaching.

Deadline for Round One is 5:00 p.m., October 17, 2013. Classroom teachers may be nominated or may nominate themselves. In the first round, judges look at the teachers’ resume, references and personal teaching philosophy. If selected for the second round, the teachers must submit an original, standards-based lesson plan and 20 minute video of themselves teaching that lesson. As the final step, the judges observe the finalists’ classroom and conduct interviews with the finalists and their spokespersons. Criteria include classroom instruction, classroom management, interaction with students, and use of instructional technology such as computers, video, or digital cameras.

“The judges are challenged to finalize their selections,” said Adele Morris, retired technology director for Craig County Public Schools and past McGlothlin Awards judge. “This is an elite group of individuals who are extremely dedicated, talented and appreciated by their students, school and community.” Mrs. Morris joins Sheila Campbell as Co-Director for this year’s McGlothlin Awards.

Blue Ridge PBS has administered the McGlothlin Awards since 1999. For more information about the awards, the April 10 ceremony and the McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching, visit http://www.radford.edu/mcglothlin/

About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS is the four-time winner of regional Emmy Awards for documentaries and community service. Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving portions of five states. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests.

About the McGlothlin Foundation
Beginning in a farmhouse nestled in the mountains of Buchanan County, Va., the McGlothlin family was sustained in their early years through farming and coal mining. As their success grew, the family business became involved in oil, gas, real estate and financial services. The McGlothlin Foundation was created in 1998 to support worthy causes in higher education, health care, and the arts in southwest Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and northeast Tennessee.

About Radford University
Radford University is named a “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 Guide to America’s Best Colleges and a “Best in the Southeast” in Princeton Review’s 2010 Best Colleges by region. U.S. News & World Report names RU a Top 20 Public Master’s University in the South. Located in the New River Valley, Virginia, RU’s approximately 9,000 students experience nationally recognized faculty-student collaborations. RU offers 67 undergraduate degree programs and 20 fields of study at the graduate level with 18 options for specializations and 7 post baccalaureate certificates. RU has opened a state-of-the art visual and performing arts center, and added doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and psychology, and a master’s in occupational therapy. Outside the classroom, RU supports a culturally diverse student population through a wealth of co-curricular activities and events, outstanding NCAA Division I athletics, a commitment to environmental sustainability, and a beautiful campus.


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