Each year, the Edward Rynearson Award is presented to middle level and high school Honor Society advisers who demonstrate exemplary character, leadership, and commitment to young people and their development as student leaders.
At the heart of successful student councils, Honor Society chapters, and school-sponsored clubs and activities are dedicated advisers who share their time and leadership to foster the development of their students and ensure quality programs. In recognition of these outstanding advisers, NASSP has sponsored the national adviser of the year awards through National Student Council since 1989 and National Honor Society since 2000.
This year, we will pause and reflect on these recognition programs, in order to create a revitalized, more comprehensive adviser recognition program. These changes will provide broader, more accessible, and more frequent ways for advisers to be honored and celebrated. We will strive to more intentionally engage students, principals, and communities when recognizing an adviser.
While the recognition programs are paused for this year, we will continue to highlight the amazing stories of advisers who are supporting the growth of student leaders in our newsletters and publications. We look forward to sharing the renewed adviser recognition programs with you in the future and value any feedback as we advance our efforts.