MASA - McKinstry Innovation Award
(Updated July 17, 2021)
The Missouri Association of School Administrators and McKinstry are collaborating to provide two $1,250 awards for creative, dynamic, educational practices that have a powerful impact on student and/or staff learning and motivation. The Awards Committee will judge the entries based on ingenuity, innovation and the level of impact on student and/or staff learning.
The purpose of this award is to support worthwhile innovative programs, processes and/or projects. One award will be selected for smaller school and one award will go to a mid to large district annually. Winners will be announced at the Spring MASA Conference.
Challenge: Implementation of creative, dynamic, educational practices that have a powerful impact on student and/or staff learning and motivation.
Prize: The Missouri Association of School Administrators and McKinstry are collaborating to provide two $1,250 awards for creative, dynamic, educational practices that have a powerful impact on student and/or staff learning and motivation.
Announcement of Winners: At the Annual Spring MASA Conference
Expectations of Winners:
- Allow their application content to be shared by MASA with media and with other school districts throughout Missouri
- Share their work at a public event (example: MASA District meetings, MASA Spring or COA conferences)
Applications are reviewed by a committee of not less than four superintendents or assistant superintendents and one MASA employee. Individuals from any of the districts applying must recuse themselves from the selection process. The committee bases their selection on a review of the following considerations:
- Project objectives are clearly stated, realistic, and worthwhile (5 pts.).
- Project is innovative, unique, and creates a powerful impact on student or staff learning (10 pts.).
- Creativity is applied in the approach (10 pts.).
- The narrative explains the resulting student and/or staff learning (5 pts.).
- Number or percentage of students and/or staff benefiting from the project (5 pts.).
- Ability to reproduce the project in future years and/or in other schools and districts (5 pts.).
- Plans to share experience with other colleagues (5 pts.).
- Open Criteria: General impressions of project (5 pts.). Open Criteria is specifically focused on the evidence of the project substantially improving the quality of teaching and learning.
After reviewing the applications individually, the committee will meet either in person or via phone conference to discuss the projects submitted and make the final selections.
Due Date: December 10, 2021
*All applications must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Submitted via email in one complete file,
- Not less than 12 point font,
- Not to exceed 10 pages.