Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award
The Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award honors leadership in educational equity and excellence. Those recognized must be AASA members who evidence commitment to the advancement and mentorship of women and minorities in positions of leadership and/or demonstrate a commitment to address social justice issues among children, youth and adults in schools. Jones was a school administrator, teacher, counselor, organizer of the Office of Minority Affairs at AASA and a champion of women and minorities in educational leadership. Equity and opportunity were the hallmark of her life work and closing the academic, health and social gap between the children who have and those who don’t was one of the cardinal intents of her rigorous efforts to increase the numbers of women and minority school system leaders. She created both a space where minority and women educators could be nurtured, supported, mentored, challenged and where the differing needs of children could be addressed. Because of her commitment to equity and excellence, the field of school leadership is richer, more complex, and more accessible to a wide range of qualified educators and AASA’s focus on vulnerable children and youth is sharp and unrelenting.
The award is open to any AASA member who meets the criteria.
All nominations are reviewed and winners selected by a committee appointed by AASA's president. Entries are judged based on how closely they match award criteria.
To download the 2017 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award application and guidelines, click here.
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2016 Award Recipient
Elizabeth Ann Sanders, a visionary leader who has dedicated her life to improving the quality of education and the quality of life for vulnerable children, was honored today by AASA, The School Superintendent Association, with the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award. The award was presented at AASA’s 2016 National Conference on Education in Phoenix, Ariz.
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Past Award Recipients (PDF)
Stephanie St. John