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Iowa Association for Lifelong Learning Awards

Every year, IALL awards outstanding accomplishments in the field of continuing and adult education. These awards are a highly visible endorsement of IALL's purpose, which is to encourage the growth and development of continuing education in the State of Iowa. The next awards will be delivered in a special ceremony at the Summer 2021 IALL Retreat (dates TBA).

As an IALL member, you are encouraged to consider your professional colleagues throughout the state as possible recipients of IALL awards. A description of each award category can be found below. Just click on the "Submit Nomination" button to begin your nomination.

ORGANIZATION & PROGRAM AWARD CATEGORIES

Citation of Merit

  • An individual, organization, or agency directly involved in providing lifelong learning in a non-collegiate setting

  • Demonstrates major contributions to lifelong learning for employees and/or the community

  • IALL membership not required

Creative Program

  • An outstanding credit or non-credit adult education program that is original or innovative in at least two of the following areas: audience delivery method or system; creative use of instructional materials or facilities; cooperation with other schools, organizations, or consortia; or originality of topic, content, or program design

  • Impacts the field of adult and continuing education programming and is moving toward meeting stated goals and objectives

INDIVIDUAL AWARD CATEGORIES

Distinguished Service Emeritus​

  • Retired or retiring persons with a minimum of 10 years lifelong learning involvement in positions such as administrator, coordinator, teacher, consultant, or trainer (full- or part-time)

  • Outstanding contribution to IALL

  • Major lifelong learning accomplishments at the local, state, and/or national level

  • Exhibits leadership ability, initiative, creativity, delegation, quality of service, public relations ability, and development of others' educational potential, and community involvement

  • Must be a former IALL member (for at least one of prior two years)

Rookie of the Year

  • Directly involved in lifelong learning for two years or less in positions such as administrator, coordinator, teacher, consultant, or trainer (full- or part-time)

  • Exhibits leadership ability, initiative, creativity, delegation, quality of service, public relations ability, and development of others' educational potential and community involvement

  • Awarded within first two years of IALL membership

Outstanding Support Personnel

  • Directly involved in lifelong learning in a supporting position such as an office assistant, administrative assistant, or coordinator assistant (full- or part time)

  • Contributed to IALL directly, or in a supporting role assisting someone directly involved in IALL

  • Must be nominated by a current IALL member

  • IALL membership of award recipient not required

Distinguished Service 

  • Directly involved in lifelong learning in positions such as administrator, coordinator, teacher, consultant, or trainer (full- or part-time)

  • Outstanding contribution to IALL.

  • Exhibits leadership ability, initiative, creativity, delegation, quality of service, public relations ability, development of others' educational potential, and community involvement

  • Must be a current IALL member.

Outstanding Adult Learner

  • An adult student enrolled within the 12 months prior to nomination in community adult school, adult learning agency, college, or other post-secondary institution in the State of Iowa

  • Demonstrates achievement in at least one of the following areas: scholastic achievement and honors support for lifelong learning, involvement in school activities, or or overcoming difficult circumstances to enroll or stay in school

Outstanding Adult Educator

  • Directly involved in lifelong learning as an adult education instructor (full- or part-time)

  • Demonstrates classroom creativity, initiative, quality of service, and development of students'educational potential

  • Leadership in academic field

  • Community involvement

  • IALL membership not required