CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: ERNEST R. CAVERLY AWARDS
2020 Ernest R. Caverly Awards
Deadline: Cancelled for 2020
We are sorry to announce that Celebrating Teachers and the Caverly Awards have been cancelled for this year. Given the unique challenges our school community is facing at the moment, we felt we should let everyone focus on what is most important, educating kids. We promise we will be back in 2021! In the meantime, keep celebrating all the amazing teachers in your child’s life with a note of ‘Thanks.’
Since 1984, the Ernest R. Caverly Award has been presented to Brookline educators in recognition of professional achievements and contributions to the Brookline Public Schools. Two awards are given annually, one each to a high school and an elementary school educator. Funded by the Brookline Education Foundation, each award consists of a $2,500 stipend and a gift. The educators receiving the awards are designated as Ernest R. Caverly Associates in recognition of their dedication to the ideals of Dr. Ernest R. Caverly, a distinguished public school leader, educator, and Brookline Schools Superintendent from 1931 to 1964.
Previous Caverly Award recipients include Laura Vish and Mark Van Derzee (2019), Beth Greenwood and Liz Gorman (2018), Dominique Ferdinand and Betty Strong (2018), Janice Gaudette and Jill Sifantus (2016), Alyssa Rubenstein Schneider and Stephanie McAllister (2015), Nancy Springer and Abby Erdmann (2014), Cathy Fischer-Mueller and John Andrews (2013), Suzanne Zobel and Roger Grande (2012), Ric Cass and Lisa Redding (2011), Bernard Pendleton and Elon Fischer (2010), Amy Neale and Ricardo Calleja (2009), Alicia Hsu and Ellen Lewis (2008), Marilyn Chetwynd and Eleanor Demont (2007), Ellen Goldberg and Patricia Herrington (2006), and Margaret Metzger and Mary Sodano (2005). For a complete list of Ernest R. Caverly Associates, please click here.
Caverly Award nominees should exhibit exceptional achievement and contributions to the Public Schools of Brookline (PSB) and exemplify the PSB core values:
- High achievement for all
- Excellence in teaching
- Respect for human differences
- Educational equity
In addition to classroom teachers, nominees may include specialists, guidance counselors, and librarians. Each nominee must have at least seven (7) years of PSB service to be eligible. Part-time personnel will be considered. While the Caverly Award is not intended as a special recognition for a retiring educator, retiring personnel will be considered.
Colleagues should submit nominations in the form of a written letter, accompanied by a nomination form. This letter should be no more than 2000 words and should integrate testimony and anecdotes from various sources. The letter also should include information about the nominee’s background, history in PSB, professional development activities, skills and achievements, and contributions to PSB and beyond.
Up to, but no more than, five (5) supporting letters from colleagues, principal/headmaster, outside experts, parents, or students may be attached to the nomination letter. These supporting letters should be no more than 2000 words each. While letters from parents, students, colleagues, and the nominee’s principal/headmaster are not required, most nominations include such documentation.
Announcement of Honorees
One high school and one elementary school educator will be chosen to receive the award by a committee consisting of recent Caverly Award recipients and members of the Board of Directors of the Brookline Education Foundation.