Champions of Learning Awards

Outstanding learning experiences take place in classrooms across our region every day. To recognize and say thanks to all those who create or support them, the Consortium launched the Champions of Learning Awards.

We take nominations in the fall for our spring celebration. Watch our website for dates and deadlines!. Selection committees review nominations in each of six  categories to choose finalists. Categories include: The Arts, Business Partnerships, Classroom Teaching, Community Outreach, Leadership and Volunteerism.

Winners are announced at an awards dinner in the spring that’s modeled on the Academy Awards, down to the suspenseful moments when our gala’s emcee asks for “the envelope please.”

The competition isn’t limited to professional educators. We honor all those who work in partnership with our schools—individuals, businesses, cultural institutions and community organizations—to give our region’s youth inspired and exciting learning opportunities.


2018 Winners

  • The Arts – Attack Theater (Michele de la Reza, co-founder)
  • Business Partnerships – DMI Companies (Katie Hager, Workforce Development Manager)
  • Classroom Teaching – Corina Bonsall, Steel Center Career & Technical Education
  • Community Outreach – Youth Enrichment Services (Dennis Jones, Executive Director)
  • Leadership – Bart Rocco, Ed.D., Superintendent Elizabeth Forward School District
  • Special Tribute – Sarah Tambucci, PhD., retired Executive Director of the Arts Education Collaborative
Finalists for the 2016 Champions of Learning Awards

2017 Winners

  • The Arts – Prime Stage Theater
  • Classroom Teaching – Robert Rodrigues
  • Leadership – Randy Miller
  • Business Partnerships – Blueroof Technologies
  • Community Outreach – The Isaiah Project
  • Volunteerism – Dennis Webber
  • Special Tribute – William Isler

Program Overview

  • Open to individuals, school districts, non-profit organizations and businesses
  • Program active since: 2015

Award Categories

  • The Arts
  • Classroom Teaching
  • Leadership
  • Business Partnerships
  • Community Outreach


  • Call for Nominations early September
  • Nominations due mid November
  • Committees review nominations December
  • Finalists announced January
  • Champions Awards Dinner April

Program Point of Contact

Jennifer Sethman