It is the mission of State of Black Learning (SBL) to foster dialogue and provide practical tools for all educators (teachers, specialists, principals, administrative assistants, coaches and more) to incorporate sustainable resources into the work they do. Further aiming to cultivate personal and professional development among educators who value knowledge and the enhancement of Black students’ lives.

There are many outstanding Black Teachers, Educational Service Professionals, and Out-of-School Providers. 

SBL is asking for your assistance in identifying those individuals whose skills, dedication, understanding and caring for children have made a positive impact on the lives of our students, and whose service has been truly outstanding in its contribution to the overall positive educational climate of Black students.

The Black Educators Awards and Gala Ceremony is an event where Black educators are recognized for outstanding achievement and service to students. The purpose of the nomination process is to provide a method to identify these individuals and ensure that they receive appropriate recognition for their efforts on behalf of the students they serve.

Who Can Be Nominated?
Nominees must have worked in any capacity in one of the following positions for one year. During that time, the individual should have performed their duties in such an outstanding manner that they significantly contributed to the functioning of the school/district/organization:
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Classroom
  • Aide/Paraprofessional
  • Learning Support
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Specialist (reading, math)
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Technology Professional
  • School Nurse
  • Physical Education
  • Science Teacher
  • STEM Teacher
  • Art Teacher
  • Music Teacher
  • After School Tutor
  • Sports Coach
  • Student Support Services
  • Administrator/Building Leader
  • Administrative Support
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Childcare Provider
  • Custodian
  • Security Guard
  • Resource Officer
  • Professor
  • College/University Administrator
Who Can Nominate?
Any member of a learning community can nominate a candidate for consideration. SBL desires to have the widest possible participation in this program and ensure that every Educator and Educational Service Provider who is outstanding in their service to Black students and communities has the opportunity to be nominated.
How Do I Nominate Someone?
Please complete all sections of this form. If you would like to provide supporting information you can email on or before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2023.

Nominations received by the deadline, 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 7, 2023, will be reviewed by the Black Excellence Awards selection committee. This committee is made up of a combination of SBL Planning Committee Members and learning community stakeholders. The committee will consist of a diverse representation of learning community stakeholders to include administrators, parents, teachers, and other education community members. The committee is responsible for selecting ten total (10) awardees to include a New Teacher of the Year, an Educator of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement.

Awardees will be announced on Friday, May 26, 2023.