Recognizing outstanding school directors as public education advocates
The Allwein Society is a recognition program honoring school directors who are outstanding leaders and advocates on behalf of public schools and students. This prestigious honor was created in 2011 in memory of Timothy M. Allwein, a former PSBA staff member who exemplified the integrity, dedication and commitment to advance political action for the benefit of public education. Tim inspired and helped many others to become successful advocates. Originally called the Allwein Award, the name was changed to Allwein Society in 2018 to reflect the ongoing nature of advocacy work.
Currently-seated school directors in a PSBA-member school district who are actively engaged as advocates are eligible for the society. Nominations of individuals may be made by any PSBA-member school director, superintendent or PSBA staff (such as an Advocacy Ambassador); self-nominations are also encouraged. The qualified nominee must:
- Be actively involved in advocating for the needs of public schools and students. The nominee participates in PSBA’s legislative programs and advocates on issues in a manner that is consistent with PSBA’s Legislative Platform.
- Demonstrate a positive impact on legislation or legislators. The nominee participates in activities that generate support and/or raise new awareness with legislators of the needs of public education.
- Demonstrate an ability to mobilize grassroots advocacy. The nominee acts to mobilize legislative advocacy of fellow board directors and/or members of the community.
- Raise public awareness. The nominee generates support for and raising awareness among state policymakers and the public regarding a specific legislative issue or issues.
Nominations are now open and are accepted year-round with selections announced in early fall. Applications must provide specific rationale and include at least two letters of endorsement. All applications will be reviewed by PSBA’s Allwein Society Selection Committee and members will be recognized before their local school board at a public meeting, and at the PASA/PSBA Annual Conference.