Salute to Excellence in Education Gala

Awards Gala

Join Us For The Biggest Night in Public Education!

The NEA Foundation is the proud founder and host of the annual Salute to Excellence in Education. Often referred to as the “Academy Awards of Education,” this event honors outstanding educators and champions of public education from across the country. The Salute to Excellence brings together educators, public education leaders, advocates, elected officials, and members of the business community.

Educator Excellence

Learn more about the 44 educators being honored at this year’s NEA Foundation Salute to Excellence In Education


The 2024 Salute to Teaching Excellence will take place on May 3, 2024 at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. It includes a cocktail reception followed by a sit-down dinner and awards ceremony.

We recognize how vital educators are for the future of our nation’s youth, the advancement of equity, the connections within our communities, and the health of our democracy. That’s why The NEA Foundation honors educators with the Awards for Teaching Excellence and individuals and organizations shaping the present and future of public education with the Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education, Equity Partner Award, and Student Voice Award.

There’s more—the gala also celebrates friends of The NEA Foundation and champions of public education. We couldn’t do this work without you. The time to honor the best in public education is right around the corner. Join us!

Meet This Year's Horace Mann Awardees for Teaching Excellence

The Salute to Excellence also includes a premiere screening of five short documentaries highlighting the work of five public school educators who have received the 2024 Horace Mann Award, one of the top honors in public education. See how these educators’ work has positively impacted their students, their schools, and their communities.

Each year at our gala we announce one educator to receive the evening’s top honor. The NEA Member Benefits Award is presented to one of the Horace Mann Awardees and is the capstone of the evening.

The NEA Foundation thanks the following sponsors for their
support of the 2024 Salute to Excellence in Education!

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