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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.


CCSD Students to Perform in Holiday Extravaganza Hosted by The Public Education Foundation and The Smith Center

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More than 250 Clark County School District (CCSD) students will perform at the Seventh Annual “Holiday Extravaganza” concert at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4th in The Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall. The concert series is a partnership among CCSD, The Public Education Foundation and The Smith Center.

“Holiday Extravaganza” showcases the considerable talent found in CCSD while expressing the joy of the season. Student musicians from more than 30 schools will perform alongside teachers and professionals from across Southern Nevada in a world-class venue.

In addition, visual artists from elementary, middle and high schools will have their work on display in The Smith Center’s Grand Lobby prior to the concert, as doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the performance help support arts programs in the CCSD. Since this concert series began in 2012, approximately 70 schools have raised more than $150,000 for their arts programs through this partnership with The Public Education Foundation.

A limited number of tickets are still available, starting at $15. Tickets may be purchased at The Smith Center Box Office or online at (

The holiday concert is made possible through funding from Dennis and Carol Troesh; additional financial support is provided by Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The media’s point of contact on-site will be Katie Bowen of The Public Education Foundation. She may be reached at or (702) 799-1042 the day of the event.

To learn more about the Clark County School District, visit

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.


Jerome Mack Middle School Custodian Honored by Raiders

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American Education Week is a time to highlight the hard work and accomplishments of students and staff. The national week honors public education and those who make a difference every day in the lives of young people. The Raiders honored Kenneth Boyd, Head Custodian at Jerome Mack Middle School, for his hard work and dedication as a member of the CCSD support staff. Raiders Alumni surprised Mr. Boyd on-the-job to present him with a vacation for four to Hawaii that includes airfare, hotel stay and airport transportation.


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.

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.