Mark your calendars: This year the 30th Annual MCCPTA Special Education recognition ceremony will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018.
NOMINATION FORM [CLICK HERE]
A Fabulous Opportunity in 2018 for You to Nominate a Special Person or Program!   
The MCCPTA Special Education Committee is seeking nominations that reflect outstanding contributions to the success of students with special needs by Students, Parents, Educators and Programs. 
The Event - Each spring the MCCPTA Special Education Committee holds a recognition ceremony to honor educators, programs, parents, and students who foster acceptance and provide outstanding support to students with special needs in MCPS during the school year. Various guests include families, community members, MCCPTA leadership, MCPS administrators, Members of the Board of Education and the County Council, etc.   
The Purpose - This ceremony is an important way for the special needs community to say thank you to those who through instinct, creativity, empathy, patience, and determination, help our children enjoy success. It is also a way to acknowledge the benefits of investing in programs for students with disabilities.   
The Process - Any parent, administrator, educator, or student can submit nominations.   
Request for Nominations - The MCCPTA Special Education Committee is soliciting nominations of students, parents, educators, and programs for recognition at this year’s ceremony. A nomination form and a sheet describing the criteria for Special Education recognition can be found below. We will begin accepting nominations immediately. All nominations must be received no later than Friday, March 23, 2018. Nominations can be submitted by email attachment or in the body of an email to Jeanne Taylor atfrtjmt@verizon.net.
We strongly encourage electronic submissions.
If you are unable to submit an electronic nomination, you may send a completed nomination form (go to bottom of page) and a nominating statement, along with supporting statements to the MCCPTA office: Montgomery County Council of PTAs, PO Box 10754, Rockville, MD 20849. For additional information contact Jeanne Taylor atfrtjmt@verizon.net.     
Criteria for Special Education Recognition: Each nomination should reflect at least one of the criteria listed below for the relevant category of Students, Parents, Staff and Programs. Supporting statements from Students, Parents, Administrators and/or other Educators should be included.. 
Nomination Criteria 
Students: Any Student who has made an outstanding contribution to school objectives, programs, or activities in one or more of the following ways:  
1.. Actively participating in school programs that increase peer acceptance and support of individual differences
2.. Providing direct assistance, friendship, and encouragement to students with special needs
3. Demonstrating leadership in student activities to promote a spirit of caring, belonging, and cooperation among the student body  
Parents: A Special Education Chairperson or other parent who has made an outstanding contribution to school and/or community programs that benefit students with special needs in one or more of the following ways: 
1. Disseminating valuable information to staff and/or parents  
2. Planning and conducting staff and/or parent training programs 
3.. Providing support to school programs by organizing volunteers or providing direct in-school assistance
4. Providing support to parents through participation in group meetings, PTA functions, or IEP conferences 
Educators:  Any staff member who has provided consistently outstanding services to advance the success of students with special needs in at least one of the following ways:  
1. Providing school leadership in developing or carrying out instructional or social practices to promote achievement and participation of students with special needs. (e.g. organizing a Special Needs Awareness Week)  
2. Demonstrating teaching practices in the classroom (special education or regular education) which enable achievement and participation of students with special needs (e.g. classroom organization, differentiated instruction, instructional accommodations, appropriate test modifications, peer helping strategies, social skills development, management of behavior)  
Programs: A school based program that has demonstrated outstanding results in promoting success of students with special needs through the cooperative efforts of school administration, regular staff, special education staff, parents and students.  
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Special Education Awards

Each year the MCCPTA Special Education Committee holds a recognition ceremony in the spring to honor educators, programs, parents, and students who foster acceptance and provide outstanding support to students with special needs in MCPS during the school year. This year the ceremony was held Monday, May 8, 2017. Various guests included families, community members, MCCPTA leadership, MCPS administrators, Members of the Board of Education and the County Council.

Thank you! - 2017