& Distinctions

The following are Prizes, Nominations, Distinctions, and other testimonies awarded by 3rd parties who've individually verified our success in achieving our mission and vision for the future of education.

Yidan Prize Nomination


The Yidan prize was founded in 2016 by Dr. Charles Chen Yidan. Two awards (valued at approximately $3.9 million USD each) are given to individuals or teams making philanthropic strides to improve education in ways that are sustainable, future-oriented, transformative, and innovative.


In 2017, CO ASCD received a nomination for the work with Framework 2021. Submissions to Yidan prize judges included several glowing letters of recommendation, a summary of Framework 2021, and a detailed article exploring each facet of the Yidan Prize through the lens of Framework 2021.

Area of Excellence Winners

Leadership and Governance |  Advocacy


ASCD deeply values the unique contributions of each affiliate in advancing ASCD's mission. To honor affiliates' exemplary service to the education community, ASCD annually considers applications for ASCD Affiliate Honors presented at the Empower conference.

ASCD's affiliates are then given the opportunity to evaluate applications independent of other submissions and recognize their peers accordingly. 

The Affiliate Developmental Continuum (PDF) outlines the criteria for all ASCD Affiliate Honors. 

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