The Be the Change for Kids 
Innovation Awards

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These awards are the next step for the Be the Change for Kids initiative.  It highlights successful programs that are making a difference – programs that set the stage for our children’s future successes – in college, career, community and as citizens.

Awards will be granted to three school districts within New York State that exemplify the principles of the Be the Change for Kids program.  Each winning school district will receive a cash prize of $5,000 each.


We’re looking for school districts that have created 21st century learning model programs which meet one or more of these criteria:

  • Enhance student curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and/or civic responsibility.
  • Can be replicated in other comparable school districts at an affordable cost.
  • Can be sustained over time.
  • Have the potential to be adapted for other grade levels.
  • Relate to or prepare students for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers.
  • Lead to be better opportunities and greater success for students.


Each school district must complete and submit a nomination form online. Please note, this online form cannot be saved to your computer.  Therefore, we are providing the questions and information in this PDF to assist you in preparing your answers in advance. If you need to send supporting documents and materials but are not able to submit them online, you may send them via mail to New York State School Boards Association in care of Be the Change for Kids, 24 Century Hill Drive, Suite 200, Latham, NY 12110-2125 or emailed to

The nomination form and supporting materials must be received no later than June 1, 2017.


The winning districts’ nominator will be notified in early September 2017. Notification will also be sent to the district superintendent and board president.


A press conference will be held at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in late September. The winning school districts will have an opportunity to tour the college’s facilities before the press conference.

Announcements of the award recipients will be included in NYSSBA’s award winning newspaper On Board. Videos highlighting the winning districts will also be played during the 2017 Convention & Education Expo.