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those who excel logoSince 1970, the Illinois State Board of Education has sponsored Those Who Excel to honor individuals who have made​​ significant contributions to our state's public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools. Awards are presented in five ​categories: school administrator, student support personnel, educational service personnel, community volunteer and teams. Nomination materials are evaluated by a selection committee comprised of individuals who represent a variety of educational organizations. ​

The banquet for the 2022 Those Who Excel program, traditionally held in October, has been tentatively scheduled for March 2022. Awards will be announced in the weeks prior to that. For questions, please email program coordinator, Jeff Seiler at jseiler@isbe.net.

Nomination Window – Opened March 1st
  • UPDATED: Completed applications must be received by Thursday, July 1 2021, 11:59 p.m.
Submit a Nomination​​

 Award Winners

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