The 2017 Hobsons Education Advances Awards are now open for nominations. Hobsons product users are encouraged to submit an application nominating their own institution (or other institutions) for awards in the categories of K-12 College and Career Readiness, College Admissions and Enrollment, and Higher Ed Student Success and Advising. Each award winner, selected by a panel of prestigious, independent judges, will receive $2,500 for their institution, while two finalists in each category will receive $1,000 each for their institutions.

Here’s a look at our panel of judges within the field of college and career readiness.

Daniel A. Domenech, AASA

Daniel is the executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. Domenech has more than 36 years of experience in public education. Prior to joining AASA, Domenech served as senior vice president for National Urban Markets with McGraw-Hill Education. In this role, he was responsible for building strong relationships with large school districts nationwide. For 27 years he has served as a school superintendent working within diverse communities, and large school systems. He is also a past president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Suffolk County Superintendents Association, and the Suffolk County Organization for Promotion of Education. He was the first president and co-founder of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education. In addition, he has served on a number of boards including the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment Governing Board, the advisory board for the Department of Defense schools, and more. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York City and a Ph.D. from Hofstra University.

Eric Sparks, ASCA

Eric Sparks is Assistant Director for the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). He formerly served as a high school counselor and as Director of School Counseling for the Wake County Public School System (NC), where 38 schools received national recognition through the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) award. An advocate for school counseling, Sparks has presented school counseling issues to legislators, school board members, administrators, teachers, parents, and students. He has also served as President of ASCA and the North Carolina School Counselor Association. Sparks is a school counseling graduate of North Carolina State University and earned a doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

David Hawkins, NACAC

David Hawkins is the Executive Director for Educational Content and Policy for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), based in Arlington, VA. The National Association for College Admission Counseling is a non-profit membership association that represents more than 15,000 high school counselors and college admission officers throughout the U.S. and around the world. NACAC is devoted to making the transition between high school and postsecondary education equitable, transparent, and fair. Mr. Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and MA in Government from the College of William & Mary.

We thank all of our judges for helping Hobsons recognize great work in preparing students for success.

To showcase your school’s efforts, submit your application here. Your complete submission must be received by 5 p.m. EST on February 10, 2017. 

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