Inclusive Practice Award and Paraeducator of the Year Award for 2020

The Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education has established an annual award to be given at the Annual State Special Education Conference each February. For the last 15 years, the Inclusive Practice Award has honored outstanding educators who work to ensure students with disabilities have the opportunity for an inclusive education with their peers as part of the general education curriculum and school community.  Whereas numerous educators deserve recognition for a multitude of reasons, the focus of this award is exclusively on exemplary inclusive practices. An additional award will be given specifically to a special education paraeducator that exemplifies best practices in supporting students in classrooms. 

Parents, students and school personnel are encouraged to nominate an outstanding educator or team, or paraeducator who demonstrate inclusive practices by completing the nomination form found on the Governor’s Council website, below, and returning it to the Governor's Council by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020 (deadline extended).

Nominees for the Inclusive Practice Award should be individuals or teams who are currently educators including (but not limited to) general education teachers, special education teachers, related service providers, administrators or other personnel. Nominees for the Paraeducator of the Year Award should be those working predominantly with students who receive special education services. Award winners are selected based on demonstration of the following criteria:

  • Involving parents as equal partners in their child’s education

  • Promoting inclusive practices that allow students with disabilities to be included within the classroom, with peers and in the school community

  • Modifying curricula or providing support services that enables access to the general curriculum, classroom or school community.

    Information requested is included, below. Information should be submitted to Elena Markova by Friday, January 10, 2020 (deadline extended):

  • Email to

  • FAX to: (907) 269-8995

  • Mail: Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education

    550 W 7th Ave. Suite 1230

    Anchorage, Alaska 99501

    Main: 907.269.8990

    Toll Free: 1.888.269.8990

    Fax: 907.269.8995    Questions: Phone (907) 269-8462

    Elena Markova
    Program Coordinator II

    Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education

    550 West 7th Ave.  Suite 1230  I  Anchorage, AK 99501

    Phone: 907-269-8462  I  Fax: 907-269-8995



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    Inclusive Practice Award 2020 and Paraeducator of the Year 2020 Nomination Form 

    This nomination is being made by:




    The individual or team being nominated:

    Name or Contact:

    Phone:                                                                       Email:

    School/Program:                                                       Address:

    Principal:                                                                   Email:

    Special Education Director:                                        Email:

  1. Biographical information about the person/team being nominated:
  2. Describe how the individual/team promotes inclusive practices that allow students with disabilities to be included within the school:
  3. Describe how the individual/team modifies curriculum or provides services that enables access to general education classes and curriculum:
  4. Describe how the individual/team involves parents as partners in their child’s education:
  5. Describe how the individual/team enhances the values of inclusion with peers or in the school community:
  6. Please add any other information you think the selection committee should know:


Please send completed forms to Elena Markova by January 3, 2020:

  • Email to:

  • FAX to:           (907) 269-8995

  • Mail:               Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education

    Education Committee/Inclusive Awards

    550 West 7th Ave.  Suite 1230, Anchorage, AK 99501

    Phone: (907) 269-8462, Fax: 907-269-8995 


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