Time is Ticking Away To Nominate A Teacher for Heart of Education Awards

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The deadline to nominate a teacher for the Heart of Education Awards is rapidly approaching: Nomination forms must be submitted online at by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.

What better way to give a holiday gift for a deserving teacher than to nominate him or her for this prestigious honor?

Click here for tips on submitting a nomination and examples of previous successful nominations.



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The Clark County School District Human Resources Division is in the process of transitioning to a new application system. The current system will be available to applicants until December 13, 2019. Applicants should download and save attached documents from the current system PRIOR to December 13, 2019. Positions will begin advertising in the new system and available for applicants to apply starting on January 13, 2020 (using your previously downloaded documents). Applicants will have the ability to update their CCSD applicant profile starting on January 2, 2020. Thank you for your continued patience during this transition.

Licensed Personnel Encouraged to Apply to Join the Nevada State Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Task Force

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The 80th Session of the Nevada legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 276 creating the Nevada State Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Task Force. The Task Force will meet a minimum of four times per year for the purpose of addressing the challenges with attracting and retaining teachers throughout this State.

On or before Feb. 1, 2020, the Legislative Committee on Education shall select one or more teachers, as applicable, to serve as a member of the Task Force.

The Task Force shall:

  1. Evaluate the challenges in attracting and retaining teachers throughout this state;
  2. Make recommendations to the Legislative Committee on Education to address the challenges in attracting and retaining teachers throughout this state, including without limitation, providing incentives to attract and retain teachers; and
  3. On or before February 1 of each odd-numbered year, submit a report to the Director of the Legislative Council Bureau for transmission to the Legislature describing the findings and recommendations of the Task Force.


Eligible teachers must:

  1. Be a licensed teacher with at least 5 consecutive years of teaching experience in a public school in this state;
  2. Be currently employed as a teacher and actively teaching in a public school in this state, and remain employed as a teacher in a public school in this state for the duration of the member’s term; and
  3. Not be currently serving on any other governmental-related board, commission, task force, or similar governmental entity.


The Department will be accepting applications on behalf of the Legislative Committee on Education through Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Eligible educators are encouraged to click here to apply.

Questions regarding the application and/or the Task Force should be directed to KellyLynn Charles at 702-668-4330.


CCSD Support Professionals Recognized During American Education Week

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Clark County School District (CCSD) support professionals were recognized for their hard work and dedication to students at a special award ceremony at McCaw STEAM Academy Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019

CCSD Board of School Trustees member Deanna L. Wright presented support professionals at the school with a certificate for their hard work every day to support student achievement. Additionally, the school administration provided staff with a small token of appreciation for their commitment to students.

This event is part of American Education Week (AEW), which is being celebrated nationally Nov. 18 – 22 this year. To learn more about AEW, click here.

Superintendent Jara Recognizes CCSD Heroes During American Education Week

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Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara presented 9 staff members and 1 student with challenge coins in recognition for saving a student’s life. On September 26th, a Sunrise Mountain High School student collapsed while running the stairs during PE. Another student noticed his classmate in distress and called for help. Several staff members then jumped into action providing CPR and utilizing the school’s AED to save the student’s life. Superintendent Jara recognized the heroes to kick off American Education Week.

Community Support Sought to Fulfill School Wish Lists

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) School-Community Partnership Program is matching community members who want to provide educational items to the schools who need them through the Support a School project. These efforts to fulfill current lists of items requested by the schools will assist in planning and preparing for next semester and the coming school years.

With help from program ambassadors who lead and teach in the schools, campuses create “wish lists” of items to support educational programs. The items requested include commonly used items, such as pencils, pens, paper and glue sticks. The lists
also include student-centered items like earbuds and backpacks. Some of the more unique items, such as mural design materials, maker space supplies and a pasta maker machine are targeted to specific programs and projects.

“People often call our office asking for simple ways to support our schools,” said Program Coordinator Cheryl Wagner. “The Support a School project provides that, with an easy process to select schools and items online. The idea is that sometimes
schools will have needs beyond the day-to-day budgeted supplies and there may be individuals or companies who have the items on hand or could readily obtain the items for the schools. You just never know: Someone might have a golf cart in good
condition that will help staff to cover a large campus, or a business may have an electronic signboard that can be put to use at a school.”

The Support a School effort encourages individuals, families and businesses to donate supplies, equipment and other resources. Those donations will provide the tools that CCSD teachers need to enhance the lessons. The School-Community Partnership Program follows up to acknowledge the support for the schools.

To find a school to support, visit or contact the partnership office at 702-799-6560.

About the CCSD School-Community Partnership Program                                                                                                 

The School-Community Partnership Program mission is to recruit and retain community partners who help to increase student achievement and engagement by enriching the scholastic experience. Join Partnership on Facebook and Twitter or visit for more information.

To learn more about the Clark County School District, visit

Milken Educator Award Winner Calls Teaching ‘Work of the Soul’

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In a surprise announcement held during a school assembly on Oct. 24, the Milken Family Foundation presented the Milken Educator Award to Sunrise Mountain High School teacher Ben Nguyen, an Ivy League graduate.

The Milken Educator Awards, often referred to as the “Oscars of Teaching,” provide recognition and financial awards of $25,000 each to educators across the nation who are furthering excellence in education.

Read the announcement from the Milken Family Foundation, which dubs Nguyen a “Robotics Whisperer.”

Watch Nguyen’s remarks after learning he won the Milken Educator Award.

Also take a look at The Nevada Independent’s story, “Sunrise Mountain educator wins national award, calls teaching ‘work of the soul.’ ”

Only 40 educators each year are selected for the Milken Educator Award. Nevada had two recipients this year, the other being Nicolas Jacques, a middle school teacher in Carson City.

Heart of Education Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted

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Do you know a local teacher who stands above the rest — someone who goes above and beyond to put students first? If so, nominate an outstanding teacher today for the Heart of Education Awards! The Smith Center opened the nomination period for its 2020 Heart of Education Awards, designed to recognize exceptional local educators. With support from program sponsor The Rogers Foundation, hundreds of nominated educators will be honored at an invitation-only event in April 2020 at The Smith Center. For more information, visit

‘Be an Upstander’: CCSD Kicks Off Week of Respect

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Clark County School District (CCSD) stands strong against bullying and cyberbullying – and reaffirms its yearlong commitment to enhancing a safe and respectful learning environment during the Week of Respect. This year the Week of Respect is Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, and CCSD’s theme is “Be an Upstander.”

“The Week of Respect’s activities are designed to inspire CCSD students, employees and the entire community as they work together toward a common goal – which includes respect, inclusion, and good citizenship,” says Brandon Moeller, Director of CCSD’s Equity and Diversity Education Department.

Each day of the week has the following themes:

  • Monday, Sept. 30 – Celebrate Diversity Day
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Respect Diversity Day
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2 – Respect Each Other Day
  • Thursday, Oct. 3 – Respect Your School Day
  • Friday, Oct. 4 – “Get Your Blue On” Day

During the week, myriad activities will be planned each day at CCSD schools, including respect-oriented morning announcements, essays/poems that honor diversity, “meet a new friend” events, creation of artwork that celebrates respect, and much more.

Week of Respect culminates Friday with the “Get Your Blue On” campaign. CCSD encourages everyone to wear blue and share photos on social media using the hashtag #CCSDGetYourBlueOn. Tag @ClarkCountySch and @EDE4CCSD in your tweets.