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Official Rules

1. Eligibility
To be eligible, nominees must be CCSD licensed, full-time teachers in good standing who have completed three consecutive years of teaching in the Clark County School District by the date of their application submission may apply. Teachers in after-school, private schools or studios, Charter schools or other educational settings are not eligible at this time. Substitute teachers are not eligible. Winners of previous Heart of Education cash awards are not eligible for three years following their award.

2. How to Nominate a Teacher
A nomination may be submitted by a student, alumnus, parent, colleague, PTA member, community leader or anyone who is not related to the teacher and who knows his/her/their work. Nominations open on Saturday, October 1, 2022. The recommendation letter must be 200 words or less describing how the teacher deserves to be recognized for going above and beyond. Nomination forms must be submitted online at by the extended nominations deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023.

3. How to Apply
Once a nomination has been submitted, the nominated teacher will receive an electronic notification via email. The teacher must follow the provided link to apply online for The Heart of Education Awards. Teachers will be asked to submit a 500-word-or-less essay describing how their passion for education has resulted in their outstanding efforts. Nominated teachers submit one application, and all applications must be received by the extended application deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023. Multiple nominations will be linked to the teacher’s application. Teachers may be nominated in successive years and will be required to complete an application each year in which they receive a nomination.

We encourage teachers to complete their applications online, but they may also mail applications to: The Heart of Education Awards at The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89106 and must be postmarked by Friday, January 27, 2023.

4. Judging
Our judges will include community leaders and sponsors, who will be looking for evidence of how teachers have done exceptional work with making a difference in students’ lives. Award winners will be chosen based on the quality of their applications, their letters of recommendation and their compelling stories. Incomplete or inaccurate applications, as well as entries not complying with all of the rules, will be subject to disqualification. Judges’ decisions are final and binding. The number of finalists is dependent upon the number of qualified applicants.

5. Awards
Finalists will be notified via email in Spring 2023. Each finalist will receive a total of two tickets for The Heart of Education awards: one for themselves and one for their accompanying guest. The Heart of Education Awards is scheduled for April 2023 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. All finalists in attendance will receive a swag bag. The event will include the announcement of the top 20 winners selected to receive the award, which includes a cash gift of $5,000. Each winner’s school will also receive a cash gift of $1,000, to be used for a program selected by the winning teacher.

If any of the top 20 finalists are not in attendance at the awards ceremony, they forfeit the award and any cash gift.

6. Conditions
Event tickets are non-transferable. Teachers must be in attendance and show photo ID to pick up their swag bags. Nominators and applicants must agree to the terms of these official rules and by the decisions of the sponsor, which are final and binding. Each entrant also grants the sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty free license to edit, publish, promote, republish and otherwise use at any time the entrant’s submitted photo(s) and essay, along with entrant’s name, likeness, biographical information and any other information the entrant provides. These can be used in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation (except where prohibited by law). Dates noted in the Official Rules are estimated and may be modified at any time by the sponsor of the program. Each entrant also automatically opts-in to all emails originating from the sponsor(s).

7. Other
The sponsor is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, illegible, incomplete, postage due mail, or not received for any reason, including electronic transmission errors or other internet-related errors. Entries become sole property of the sponsor and none will be returned. The Smith Center reserves the right to make changes to the Heart of Education program, rules and event dates at their discretion.