Expos & Awards



Horn Walter Burley AwardsOhio PBIS ShowcasePurple Star Award

Horn Walter Burley Awards

Ohio public schools, community schools, career centers, and county boards of developmental disabilities are encouraged to recognize the accomplishments of Ohio educators and students with disabilities by nominating them for these annual achievement awards.

    • The R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes the accomplishments of one exemplary special education student from each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team regions.
    • Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award is presented to one educator or team from each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team regions for extraordinary contributions to the education of students with disabilities.
    • In addition, the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities Executive Committee will select an Ohio parent to receive the Margaret M. Burley Award.

The annual Horn Walter Burley Awards are sponsored by the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) with assistance from Ohio’s State Support Teams.

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About R.A. Horn

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About R.A. Horn

Acknowledged as a national leader in the field of special education, the late Dr. Raymond A. Horn devoted more than 60 years of service to improving the quality of life and learning for students with disabilities. Dr. Horn was the Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction Emeritus, who left a legacy and a challenge to all educators to ensure that every student with a disability be given the respect and the opportunities to which they are entitled.

About Franklin B. Walter

Photo of Franklin B. WalterAbout Franklin B. Walter

The late Dr. Franklin B. Walter was Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1977 until 1991, a post held longer than any other state superintendent in Ohio’s history. With over 50 years of service as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Walter’s leadership is evident in many of Ohio’s quality educational initiatives and programs. Among these is the development of the nation’s first statewide plan for children with disabilities. This is the 31st year that the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award has been given.

About Margaret M. Burley

Currently the Executive Director Emeritus, Margaret M. Burley served as Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities Executive Committee for 39 years. Margaret expanded the organization from five parent and professional organizations to an over $2.5 million budget, obtained and sustained grant funding from the Ohio Department of Education and U. S. Department of Education, directed public policy and research, and is nationally recognized for her commitment and outstanding work.

Walter Horn Burley Award Winners

2021 Walter Horn Burley Awards

2021 R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award

James Patrick Jordan

James Patrick Jordan, a student at Springfield High School and Penta Career Center is the R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award winner for 2021. He was nominated by Kevin Rupp, assistant principal at Springfield High School, who had this to say about Patrick:

“Patrick’s academic and extracurricular achievements are significant indeed, but his greatest asset is strength of character. Springfield High Schools atmosphere has been elevated by Patrick’s leadership skills and empathy for others. The affirming manner in which he interacts with peers, adults, and youngsters is inspiring. At all times, Patrick respects his teachers, fellow students, and all staff members. In my 38 years as an educator, Patrick is one of the most kindhearted, well mannered, and genuine human beings I have ever been associated with.”

 

 

 

2021 Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award

Emily Nixon

 

Emily Nixon, special education teacher at Springfield High School was selected as the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award winner for 2021. She was nominated by Kevin Rupp, assistant principal of Springfield High School who described Emily as:

“Emily’s friendly smile and heartfelt understanding make students, staff, and teachers feel they can do more, achieve more, and effectively be the change to make a difference. Emily has a firm understanding of state and district level initiatives and can easily relate the need and importance of those to faculty and staff members; all the while not losing sight of the individual student and the need to connect, embrace, and support their growth and attainment of necessary life skills.”

 

 

2020 Horn Walter Burley Awards

The 2020 Horn Walter Burley Outstanding Achievement Awards were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2019 Horn Walter Awards

R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award Winner Dakota Gillet Four County Career Center
Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award Pamela Burrow Fostoria City Schools

Student Nominees

Andrew Chaney Toledo Public Schools
Caydence Gibson Van Wert City Schools
Natalie Lawrence Van Wert City Schools

Educator Nominees

Laura Gahan Elmwood Local Schools
Megan Hurless Van Wert City Schools
Sara Schwiefert Elmwood Local Schools
Morgan Weber Four County Career Center

2018 Horn Walter Awards

R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award Luis Alberto Fernandez Woodward High School
Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award Amanda Berger Penta Career Center

Student Nominees

Mekhi Parker Autism Academy of Learning
Erik Wadsworth Penta Career Center

Educator Nominees

Patti Talamentez Autism Academy of Learning

2017 Horn Walter Awards

Award Winners

R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award Rachelle Wyse Four County Career Center
Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award Tracy Gunderman Paulding Exempted Village Schools

Ohio Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Showcase

Each year, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio PBIS Network host a Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Showcase to recognize Ohio’s schools implementing PBIS with high fidelity.

This event brings together hundreds of Ohio principals, teachers, counselors and others to network and share best practices around PBIS implementation to ensure safe and supportive school environments.

2021 PBIS Awards

The following Region 1 schools will be honored at the Virtual PBIS/OLAC Showcase on December 9, 2021:

Silver Recognition
Horizon Science Academy, Springfield
Dorr Elementary School Springfield Local Schools
Bronze Recognition
Crissey Elementary School Springfield Local Schools
Fairfield Elementary School Maumee City Schools
Fort Meigs Elementary School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Frank Elementary School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Horizon Science Academy, Toledo
Hull Prairie Intermediate School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Perrysburg Junior High School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Perrysburg High School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Perrysburg Preschool Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Toth Elementary School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Wayne Trail Elementary School Maumee City Schools
Woodland Elementary School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools

2020 Network Showcase

Silver Recognition
Dorr Elementary Springfield Local Schools
Horizon Science Springfield
Robinson Achievement Toledo Public Schools
Bronze Recognition
Bryan Elementary Bryan City Schools
Crissey Elementary Springfield Local Schools
Fairfield Elementary Maumee City Schools
Fort Meigs Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Frank Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Horizon Science Academy Toledo
Hull Prairie Intermediate Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Old Orchard Elementary Toledo Public Schools
Perrysburg High School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Perrysburg Junior High Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Toth Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Woodland Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools

2019 Network Showcase

Silver Recognition

Horizon Science Academy Springfield Local Schools
Robinson Achievement Toledo Public Schools

Bronze Recognition

Bryan Elementary School Bryan City Schools
Perrysburg High School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Perrysburg Middle School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Hull Prairie Intermediate Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Frank Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Fort Meigs Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Toth Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Woodland Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Old Orchard Elementary Toledo Public Schools

2018 Network Showcase

Silver Recognition

Bataan Memorial Elementary Port Clinton City Schools
Robinson Achievement Toledo Public Schools

Bronze Recognition

R.C. Waters Elementary Benton-Carrol-Salem Schools
Horizon Science Academy Springfield Local Schools
Frank Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Toth Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Woodland Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Dorr Elementary School Springfield Local Schools

2017 Network Showcase

Gold Recognition

Alternate Learning Center Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West

Bronze Recognition

Clyde Elementary Clyde-Green Springs Village Schools
McPherson Middle School Clyde-Green Springs Village Schools
Pickett Academy Toledo Public Schools
R.C. Waters Elementary Bent0n-Carroll-Salem Local Schools
Robinson Achievement Toledo Public Schools
Van Buren Elementary Van Buren Local Schools
Whittier Elementary Toledo Public Schools

Purple Star Awards

Purple Star Awards

Purple Star Award LogoThe Purple Star Award honors schools that show a major commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces. The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and Adjutant General, helps decide eligibility.

A Purple Star school will receive the designation for three years.


The application window for the 2022 class of Purple Star designees is open now through December 15.

Learn more and apply

2020-21 Region 1 Purple Star Award Honorees


 

First Round

Oak Harbor Middle School Oak Harbor Public Schools
Swanton Middle School Swanton Public Schools

Second Round

Liberty Center Local School District
R.C. Waters Elementary Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools
Springfield High School Springfield Local Schools

Third Round

Anthony Wayne High School Anthony Wayne Local Schools
Clay High School Toledo Public Schools
Oak Harbor High School Oak Harbor Public Schools
Waterville Primary School Anthony Wayne Local Schools

Fourth Round

Eastwood High School Whitehouse Primary School
Monclova Primary School Anthony Wayne Local Schools

Fifth Round

Perrysburg High School Rossford Exempted Village Schools
Perrysburg Junior High Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Rossford High Schools Rossford Exempted Village Schools

Sixth Round

Anthony Wayne Junior High Anthony Wayne Local Schools
Bowsher High School Toledo Public Schools
Maumee Gateway Middle School Maumee City Schools
Maumee High School Maumee City Schools
Otsego High School Otsego Local Schools
Penta Career Center
Pike-Delta-York Elementary Pike-Delta-York Schools
Pike-Delta-York Middle Pike-Delta-York Schools
Pike-Delta-York High School Pike-Delta-York Schools
Rossford Elementary Rossford Exempted Village Schools

Seventh Round

Ft. Jennings Local School District Jennings Local Schools

Eighth Round

Fallen Timbers Middle School Anthony Wayne Local Schools
Adena Elementary School Lakota Local Schools
Bryan Elementary School Bryan City Schools
Bryan Middle/High School Bryan City Schools
Lakota East High School Lakota Local Schools
Ohio Virtual Academy
Ottawa Glandorf High School Ottawa-Glandorf Local Schools
Starr Elementary School Oregon City Schools

Ninth Round

Anthony Wayne High School Anthony Wayne Schools
Liberty Benton High School Liberty Benton Local Schools
Liberty Center High School Liberty Center Local Schools
Northwood Elementary School Northwood Local Schools
Northwood High School Northwood Local Schools
Oak Harbor Middle School Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools
Swanton Middle School Swanton Local Schools
Waterville Primary School Anthony Wayne Schools