Awards Gala

Excellence in Education Takes Center Stage!

This spring, join The NEA Foundation for the annual Salute to Excellence in Education on Friday May 5, 2023, as it honors and recognizes exceptional educators and friends of public education from around the country. We encourage you to attend the celebration whether you’re an educator or simply a public education supporter. 

IMPORTANT: We are being mindful of the ever-changing health landscape we face, and if you are planning to join us for the in-person Gala, please know that nothing is more important than the health and safety of you and your guests. We strongly encourage you to click here and review the Salute to Excellence in Education Vaccination and COVID-19 Testing Policy so you are familiar with the requirements for all in-person Gala guests.

About the Salute to Excellence

For more than two decades, The NEA Foundation has honored outstanding educators committed to elevating the profession. At the 2023 Salute to Excellence, 46 outstanding educators will be honored for their leadership, excellence in the classroom, family and community engagement, a commitment to equity and diversity, and advocacy for the teaching profession.

Educator Excellence

Learn more about the 46 educators being honored at this year’s Salute.

Alongside these individual educators, the Foundation will recognize three additional awardees for their outstanding service to public education, advancement of educational equity and, new this year, commitment to uplifting student voice! Stay tuned for the announcement of these awardees later this spring.

The NEA Foundation thanks the following sponsors for their outstanding support of the 2023 Salute to Excellence in Education


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