The purpose of the following two awards is to recognize individual members and local associations who have furthered the cause of peace and international understanding.
The awards will be presented at the OEA Awards Banquet in Columbus during the weekend of the OEA Spring Representative Assembly.
Description and Criteria for Each Award:
The Paul Swaddling Award
The Paul Swaddling Award is presented to an individual OEA member, excluding members of the Peace and International Relations Committee, the OEA Board of Directors, UEP staff persons, and/or the Professional Efficacy Core Function Committee, for outstanding contributions to the promotion or execution of the cause of peace and international understanding. In addition, members of the Professional Efficacy Core Function Committee are not eligible for two years after completion of service on the committee to apply or be nominated.
Paul Swaddling was a teacher for over 20 years in the Berea Schools of northeastern Ohio. His personal and professional life exemplified his commitment to his two great passions: education and peace. Paul’s concrete sense of justice marked his work with young people, as did his ability to challenge those around him to make sense of their past and present in order to create a more peaceful future. Paul’s intensity, imagination, humor, creativity, and authenticity were evident in his work for OEA at the local, district, and statewide levels. Those in his community also marveled at the perseverance he exhibited in his work with and for the poor and at his ability to persuade others to support the causes in which he believed. Paul’s search for peace, marked by an interest in peace-making literature and peace makers, ended with his sudden death in 1987.
The Peace and International Understanding Award
The Peace and International Understanding Award is presented to a district or local affiliate for outstanding contributions to the promotion or execution of the cause of peace and international understanding.
Criteria for both awards:
For an individual OEA member, district, or local OEA affiliate to be eligible, the following criteria must apply:
- Nominations may be submitted by any member and/or group of the United Education Profession (UEP).
- OEA Peace and International Relations Committee members and UEP staff persons are ineligible to receive awards.
- Supportive documents and tangible materials such as tapes, photographs, scrap books, newspaper clippings, etc. should be submitted with the nomination form.
- In making reference to achievements of the nominee, any contributions throughout an individual’s career are acceptable.
- The nomination form should be typed or neatly printed in ink.