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NATLE Awards of Excellence Policies and Procedures

Entry and Eligibility Requirements

  • Entries must have been originally published, produced, or presented between January 1 and December 31 of the previous calendar year.
  • You MUST indicate all co-producers or co-publishers, if any, involved in the development of your entry.
  • Entries cannot have been previously submitted.
  • There is no restriction on the number of entries associations may submit.
  • NATLE may disqualify any submission not meeting these entry requirements.
  • Programs or products funded or developed by or in association with NATLE are ineligible for awards.

Previous recipients are not prohibited from making submissions. Please note that all entry materials become the property of NATLE and will not be returned. They may be archived.

Selection Process

Step 1

All associations that are members of NATLE may apply by sending materials via regular or electronic mail by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline to the following address. Please send 5 copies of all hard copy submission documents. This does not apply if submitting samples of listserv messages or electronic documents. NATLE staff will forward a package containing all entries to the committee members.

NATLE
1400 Village Square Boulevard
Suite 1-138
Tallahassee, Florida 32312

Or emailed to awards at natle dot org

The Selection Committee is firmly committed to judging all applicants fairly, only considering work product provided, purpose and other factors to realistically choose the best in each category.

Step 2

Upon conclusion of the nominations period, members of the committee will review all submissions, meet by conference or video call, and choose a winner in each category.

Step 3

Winners will be notified and awards presented at the NATLE Annual Meeting (unless specified otherwise for a particular award). All information submitted for consideration remains confidential to the Awards Selection Committee members and staff administering the awards.

Nomination Eligibility Period

Nominations are active only in the year they are submitted and are not transferable to subsequent years. 

Number of Recipients

An award will be awarded to only one association in each category per year.  In the event of a tie for any category, the NATLE president makes the determining vote.

Selection Committee Composition & Voting

The Chair of the Selection Committee supervises the ballot vote, notifies the NATLE Executive Director of the results and presents the awards at the Annual Meeting.

The ballot will consist of the names of the candidates for each award. Each committee member will rank the candidates from 1 to N, where N is the number of candidates. For example, if there are four (4) candidates for a particular award, the committee members will rank the names from 1 to 4 (with no number being used more than once, and a score of 1 designates the committee members first choice). The respective nominations will be circulated prior to the ballot voting. The voting shall take place by secret ballot. The candidate with the lowest score for each award will be declared the winner.

If there are two or more names that receive the same lowest score, then only those names will be resubmitted to the committee by the Chair for the second round of voting. Any second round of voting, if necessary will take place by a secret ballot process. The Chair of the Awards Committee will only vote to break a tie, for example, when there are only two or more nominees left and they each have the same number of votes.

The composition of each award selection committee is determined by the NATLE President in consultation with the NATLE Executive Director.

Conflicts of Interest

The Selection Committee must be aware of, and respond to, issues of potential conflicts of interest among committee members.