The Excellence in Action Awards (EIA)

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) Parent & Family Services is now accepting nominations for the 24th Annual Excellence in Action Awards which will be presented in May 2023.

The Excellence in Action Awards (EIA) were established for parents to recognize individuals who have made a difference in the life of their child with special needs who receives Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services.  Over the last 23 years, family members and students, have been inspired to submit hundreds of nominations for administrators, teachers, support staff, transportation staff, therapists, community members, and volunteers who have touched their lives.  

EIA nomination submissions will be accepted from family members or students only and should specify how the nominee has made a difference in the life of their child with special needs.  EIA nominations will be verified and separated into categories.  The winner of each category will be determined by committee solely on the content of the submission.


Excellence in Action (EIA) Awards (to be submitted by parents or students only):
Please submit a nomination for an individual who has made a difference in the life of your child with special needs.  This individual can be from your child’s school or from the community.  This includes all teachers, support staff, therapists, administrators, volunteers, district staff, transportation staff, crossing guards, tutors, mentors, sports coaches & recreation leaders, etc.


If you would like to submit a paper nomination, have a question regarding the nomination process or need assistance, please contact Debbie Valdes, FDLRS Parent Services, telephone (813) 837-7777 ext.7732 or email

  • Video and paper nominations are due by 8am, February 6, 2023
  • Online nominations are due by 8am, February 13, 2023

Please provide accurate contact information so that you and your nominee receive future notifications about the awards.

If completing the online form, we recommend typing the reason for your nomination in a separate document which can be copied and pasted into this online form.  Maximum 250 words. 


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