Literacy Action Network Adult Basic Education Awards

Literacy Action Network proudly recognizes honorable students, teachers, managers and leaders who are making a difference in Adult Basic Education. Recipients are celebrated each year during our annual Summer Institute conference. Do you know of an individual or a colleague with exemplary dedication and passion to serve adult learners? Consider a nomination for one of the following awards.

ABE Awards Categories

ABE Teacher of the Year: Awarded to a teacher in an ABE program for outstanding performance.

ABE Outstanding Learner: Awarded to a learner who has made a significant impact in adult literacy with a powerful commitment to volunteer and lead peers.

ABE Leadership: Awarded to an individual in the ABE field who demonstrates exemplary leadership, flexibility, or creativity.

Todd Wagner Award for Outstanding Service and Achievement: Awarded to an ABE professional who has dedicated at least 10 years to the field and whose service has made a significant impact on their program, their region or the state.

ABE Advocate and Partner Award: Awarded to an individual, business, non-profit organization, social service agency or foundation that has advocated or provided significant assistance serving learners in adult literacy in Minnesota.

Innovation (formerly PONI) Award: Awarded to a project or initiative in ABE that has positively influenced cooperative teamwork, resources, and the success of a program or the community.

Awards Criteria

  • The contribution of the nominee is extraordinary and significant; creative, unique, innovative, persistent, original or resourceful.
  • The nominee exhibits high standards of quality that makes a positive impact on the literacy effort in a community or in the state of Minnesota.
  • Dedication is shown by the length of involvement or by the depth of concentration in service.
  • The nominee is currently active or has provided service within the past year of 2022.

Official Nomination Form

Past Award Winners